Not only can people intentionally forget disturbing memories, but they do so thanks to a pair of previously unreported neural processes, a new study finds.
Researchers have long argued about the existence of memory suppression and especially the ability to wipe out mental traces of traumatic events. A team led by psychologist Brendan E. Depue of the University of Colorado in Boulder has now found that a one-two neural punch fosters volunteers' ability to forget upsetting scenes.
Note: To comment, Science News subscribing members must now establish a separate login relationship with Disqus. Click the Disqus icon below, enter your e-mail and click “forgot password” to reset your password. You may also log into Disqus using Facebook, Twitter or Google.