You can train your brain to forget bad memories

We all have gone through the phases of life where we have made bad memories. There are many things life which we cannot control. Even after so many years and months, some unwanted memories stay with us. They torment us and made life difficult to live with. Those bad memories affect the present attitude of the person. Days go with inefficient work and nights with the struggle to forget them. But there is good news for those who suffer from their painful past.

The research on erasing memories

According to a new study, the brain can be trained to forget the bad memories. The new astonishing study revealed that you can wash your bad memories intentionally. The scientists have developed a method to train the human mind. The training is simple. To forget the past memories, one has to change the way of thinking in the context of those memories. Many claim it as a significant research as it can widely assist in coping up with the bad times and bad memories. It can also be helpful for educational purposes. And it can be supportive for those who suffer from cognitive diseases like post-traumatic stress disorder.

To remember anything we put lots of efforts. We take help of all our senses including sounds, smell, and sight. We also put ourselves in situations we are in such as where we are and who we are with to remember our memories from the deepest corners of the brain.

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But, the study aimed to intentionally forget the bad past experience. During the study, researchers showed several images to the participants. The images were of mostly outdoor scenes like forests, mountains, and beaches. During the study, the participants were also shown two different lists of random words and were asked to either forget or remember the words. The list of words presented to them in between the scene images.

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The lead researcher of the study, Jeremy Manning, who is also an assistant professor at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, US said, “We used fMRI ( functional magnetic resonance imaging) to track how much people were thinking of scene-related things at each moment during our experiment. That allowed us to track, on a moment-by-moment basis, how those scene or context representations faded in and out of people’s thoughts over time.”

Manning observed, “It’s like intentionally pushing thoughts of your grandmother’s cooking out of your mind if you don’t want to think about your grandmother at that moment,” Manning said.”We were able to physically measure and quantify that process using brain data.”

He added, “We were able to physically measure and quantify that process using brain data.”

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The researchers also noted that when the participants were told to remember the studied list instead of forgetting it, the scene-related thoughts did not appear.

Moreover, it was discovered that the number of the flushed out scene -related thoughts indicate a fewer number of studied words a participant would recall later which further suggest you can forget your bad memories and bad time by training your mind.

The new study has opened the gates of many other possibilities and this will be considered as one of the most significant discovery for the future studies on the same subject.

The findings were published in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.