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Cell Press

Opposing Mechanisms Support the Voluntary Forgetting of Unwanted Memories

Caption: If only there were a way to forget that humiliating faux pas at last night's dinner party. It turns out there's not one, but two opposite ways in which the brain allows us to voluntarily forget unwanted memories, according to a study published by Cell Press October 17 in the journal Neuron. The findings may explain how individuals can cope with undesirable experiences and could lead to the development of treatments to improve disorders of memory control.

Credit: Current Biology, Benoit et al.

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