Suppressing unwanted memories by executive control

  title={Suppressing unwanted memories by executive control},
  author={Michael C. Anderson and Collin B. Green},
Freud proposed that unwanted memories can be forgotten by pushing them into the unconscious, a process called repression. The existence of repression has remained controversial for more than a century, in part because of its strong coupling with trauma, and the ethical and practical difficulties of studying such processes in controlled experiments. However, behavioural and neurobiological research on memory and attention shows that people have executive control processes directed at minimizing… 
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