Research from the Netherlands finds that disturbing memories can be reduced or eliminated by well-timed bursts of electroconvulsive therapy. Relying on a theory that re-stimulating memories renders them vulnerable to disruption before being “re-consolidated” in long-term memory, the researchers tested subjects’ memories after being asked to recall disturbing stories and then administered ECT. The research was reported in the journal Nature.
Of further interest:
Unwanted Memories Erased in Electroconvulsive Therapy Experiment (Wall Street Journal)
Erasing unwanted memories may now be possible (Fox News)