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Forgetting Is An Actively Controlled Process In The Brain

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Posted in Science on 16th Mar, 2014 01:12 AM by AlexMuller

When it comes to maintaining sanity, forgetting is at least as important as remembering. Without it, the constant stream of stimuli; faces on the street, words read, items glanced at, would quickly overwhelm the mind. But the neural basis underlying the act of forgetting isn't well understood.

 

A new study found that in roundworms, a protein called musashi is actively involved in forgetting. Just in time for the 10th anniversary of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

 

In the study, published in the journal Cell, scientists found that roundworms that were genetically modified to lack the musashi protein did much better on a smell-based learning task, actively retaining memories 24 hours later that unmodified mice did not. This is one of the first studies to show that forgetting can be an active (as opposed to passive) process, the authors wrote. 

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-16
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This is very interesting and novel; it is bound to trigger further research in the other side of memory - forgetting as an active process - well done
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-16
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Yes, I think this will open a new chapter in this area of research. One thing that should be noted- there is going to be along way to apply this on human memories
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-16
+0
The idea of scientists manipulating memory does, naturally, sound a bit creepy. But it also points to some possible good: treatment for millions of people tormented by real memories. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-16
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Yes, human situation in eliminating memories remains, for the time being, in the realm of SciFi - SciFi dramas such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind brings this topic nicely to our considerations Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-16
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Deleting memories is as important as learning and this new study brings this aspect to attention - well done! Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-16
+2
Important findings support the new concept that we now have two processes to consider and "an imbalance in these of these mechanisms may result in altered memory function that could play a role in memory-related disorders" in humans. Hopefully, the findings will ultimately help with tackling human disorders
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-16
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There is an enormous investment in neuroscience. It is now possible not only to better understand a way that the brain makes memories, but also how to create new memories with specific content Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-16
+0
Yes, it has been reported that neurobiologists created new, specific memories by direct manipulation of the brain - this could prove key to understanding learning and memory disorders Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-16
+0
Advances in molecular biology and genetics are offering new clues about key molecules and proteins that influence memory. This insight could one day guide new treatments for learning disorders and memory loss great progress Reply


 

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