Saturday, July 07, 2007

Targeted Amnesia: Coming to a Shrink's Office near You

Anyone who has seen the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, will be a little creeped out by the announcement that scientists have discovered how to wipe away individual memories.

Researchers have found they can use drugs to wipe away single, specific memories while leaving other memories intact. By injecting an amnesia drug at the right time, when a subject was recalling a particular thought, neuro-scientists discovered they could disrupt the way the memory is stored and even make it disappear.

The research has, however, sparked concern among parliamentary advisers who insist that new regulations are now needed to control the use of the drugs to prevent them becoming used by healthy people as a "quick fix". |Scientists find drug to banish bad memories - Telegraph|
Eternal Sunshine is one of my favorite movies and if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it to you.

Via Boing Boing and thanks to Jaimie for the link.

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