Forget About It: How the brain suppresses unwanted memories

12:08pm, July 11, 2007

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.

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