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07 July 2016

Can you consciously decide to suppress a memory?

Can you consciously decide to suppress a memory? It appears so. When scientists asked study subjects to forget certain random words that were presented to them together with associated images, they seemed to flush the related pictures that would otherwise have aided them in remembering the words out of their brains. This may be the way we subconsciously stifle certain memories. It also means that individuals may be able to learn how to forget unpleasant past experiences by changing how they think about the context in which they occurred.

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