Multiple memory systems, multiple time points: how science can inform treatment to control the expression of unwanted emotional memories

  title={Multiple memory systems, multiple time points: how science can inform treatment to control the expression of unwanted emotional memories},
  author={Ren{\'e}e M. Visser and Alex Lau-Zhu and Richard N. A. Henson and Emily A. Holmes},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  • R. Visser, A. Lau-Zhu, E. Holmes
  • Published 29 January 2018
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Memories that have strong emotions associated with them are particularly resilient to forgetting. This is not necessarily problematic, however some aspects of memory can be. In particular, the involuntary expression of those memories, e.g. intrusive memories after trauma, are core to certain psychological disorders. Since the beginning of this century, research using animal models shows that it is possible to change the underlying memory, for example by interfering with its consolidation or… 

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