Can neuroscience help us rewrite our most traumatic memories?


“In sixth grade, our teacher asked us to interview someone who survived the Holocaust,” Daniela Schiller said. “So I went home after school. My father was at the kitchen table reading a newspaper, and I asked him to tell me about his memories. He said nothing. I have done this many times since. Always nothing.” A wan smile crossed her face. We were sitting in her office, not far from the laboratory she runs at Mount Sinai, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It was an exceptionally bright winter morning, and the sun streaming through the window made her hard to see even from a few feet away. “I long ago concluded that his silence would last forever,” she said. “I grew up wondering which of all the horrifying things we learned about at school the Germans did to him.” More at The New Yorker.

A very dangerous area. The upsides are monumental, but the downsides are potentially horrible.

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  1. Isn’t that true with many if not most new technologies? I would prefer to see the ability and option to retain the memories but diminish or remove the impact that causes the trauma.

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