Forgetting Is Tougher Than Remembering It for the Human Brain

According to a study, in order to forget something, it requires one to rack one’s brain power than trying to remember it. The findings from the study could help in treating patients to get rid of unwanted memories.

The finding which has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience indicates that in order to forget untoward experiences, more attention should be given to it. The study continues prior research on intentional forgetting that focused on diminishing attention to the undesired information through diverting attention away from untoward experiences or suppressing the memory’s recovery.

An assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the US stated that one may not want to throw away memories that activate maladaptive responses, like traumatic memories, so that responding to new experiences is in a more selective manner.

Once it is figured out how memories are debilitated, ways could be devised to manage this problem. Treatment can be devised so that people can be treated with unwanted memories.

Memories being the dynamic construction of the brain which gets updated regularly, altered, and reorganized through experience. Much of the thing happens automatically during sleep, i.e. the brain constantly remembers and forgets things.

According to the latest study focuses instead of the sensory and perceptual areas of the brain, especially on the ventral temporal cortex and the activity patterns that conform to memory representations of complex visual stimuli.

In order to track patterns of brain activity, making use of neuroimaging, the researchers depicted a group of healthy adult images of scenes and faces, which instructs either to remember or forget each image.

The finding not only confirmed that humans have the capacity to control the things they want to forget; however, the successful deliberate forgetting that requires moderate levels of brain activity.

The researchers also found that participants were more likely to forget scenes rather than the faces that can carry much emotional information. Thus, it will help to unmake a path for future studies on the way to the process of getting rid of the strong emotional memories.

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