A surprise makes memories wobbly

Drug that interferes with recollection works only when people face a twist

By Laura Sanders, 14:02 PM February 14, 2013

An element of surprise may be the key to whitewashing a painful memory. People who encountered something unexpected were better able to shake a troubling association, a new laboratory study finds. The results, published in the Feb. 15 Science, bring scientists closer to being able to weaken traumatic memories with help from a drug.

Understanding how the brain forms and reforms traumatic memories might lead to treatments that would help people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder ...

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