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August 27, 2014

Most memories have some kind of emotion associated with them: Recalling the week you just spent at the beach probably makes you feel happy, while reflecting on being bullied provokes more negative feelings.... more

August 27, 2014

By artificially activating circuits in the brain, scientists have turned negative memories into positive ones. They gave mice bad memories of a place, then made them good - or vice versa - without ever returning to that... more

August 27, 2014

What if wiping out a traumatic memory were as simple as taking a few breaths? What if, with the flip of a switch, a frightening recollection could lose its nightmarish feeling or a pleasurable memory could begin to feel ... more

August 27, 2014

Someone who has been mugged in a dark alley will likely never want to return there, having associated that location with a fear of being attacked. ... more

August 27, 2014

Memory is a fickle beast. A bad experience can turn a once-loved coffee shop or holiday destination into a place to be avoided. Now experiments in mice have shown how such associations can be reversed.... more

August 27, 2014

Memories and the feelings associated with them are not set in stone. You may have happy memories about your family’s annual ski vacation, but if you see a tragic accident on the slopes, those feelings may change. You m... more

August 27, 2014

(Reuters) - The frailty of remembrance might have an upside: When a memory is recalled, two research teams reported on Wednesday, it can be erased or rewired so that a painful recollection is physically linked in the bra... more

August 27, 2014

In experiments on mice, scientists rewired the circuits of the brain and changed the animals' bad memories into good ones. The rewriting of the memory wasn't done with drugs but by using light to control the activity of... more

August 27, 2014

For every memory, there's more than just a place, time and event: There's also an emotional context. But what if you could swap out the feelings of fear associated with a traumatic event with happy ones? Researchers at M... more

August 27, 2014

Remember that horrible date you went on a few years ago? The one where you knocked over a candle and doused the flaming tablecloth (and your date) with a bottle of Bordeaux? Horrible! But now the two of you are happily m... more