#SfN13 Getting rid of an unwanted memory for good

Neurorexia

Poster 99.06/JJJ40 – Gradual extinction prevents the return of fear. SJ Gershman, CE Jones, KA Norman, MH Monfils, Y NIV. Brain and Cognitive Sci., MIT, Cambridge, MA; Psychology, The Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX;Neurosci. Inst. & Dept. of Psychology, Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ

Poster 99.07/JJJ41 Gradual extinction prevents the return of fear in humans. JW Kanen, SJ Gershman, MH Monfils, EA Phelps, Y NIV. Dept. of Psychology, Ctr. for Neural Sci., New York Univ., New York, NY;Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sci., MIT, Cambridge, MA; Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX; Nathan S. Kline Inst. for Psychiatric Res., Orangeburg, NY;Princeton Neurosci. Inst. and Psychology Dept., Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ

Psychiatrists have a problem. Memories, especially fearful memories, are exceedingly hard to erase. Say you’ve learned that every time you touch a doorknob in the winter you get a painful electrostatic shock; fairly soon you might form an irrational fear of the doorknob. What can…

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Author: Shane O'Mara

Neuroscientist

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