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Posted by abeodbart November 29, 2008 at 10:31 am

I’ve had several specific memories wiped clean from my mind by Derren – like the time I wet myself in public wearing white jeans, this specific memory was quite painful and yet now I feel no shame at all. Now researchers have found they can use drugs to wipe away single, specific memories while leaving other memories intact. By injecting an amnesia drug at the right time, when a subject was recalling a particular thought, neuro-scientists discovered they could disrupt the way the memory is stored and even make it disappear. Article

November 29, 2008 at 11:27 am
Amanda says:

I’ve forgotten what I was going to say.

November 29, 2008 at 11:45 am
Siobhan says:

I dunno, surely we need our bad memories as well as our good ones…

November 29, 2008 at 11:54 am
Sar says:

I agree with Siobhan, bad memories aid our learning and growth – how are we meant to develop if we keep losing memories of negative experiences? Saying that, I wouldn’t mind forgetting when I fainted during Derren’s tour in 2006…I still have no idea why I did :P

November 29, 2008 at 2:05 pm
Berber Anna says:

The one tested on human patients didn’t remove the memory, just the emotional associations the patient had with it. To me, that seems like valid treatment for things like PTSD.

The one tested on rats, though, that actually erased memory – now that’s scary. There’s too many possibilities for abuse. For instance, what if criminals obtained the drug and erased their victims’ memories?

November 29, 2008 at 5:06 pm
Nopke says:

Ít’s the patients who will have to say eventually if they want/need this type of treatment. Lots of things can be worked through in a normal way, but for some it probably wont work for whatever reason.
I myself dont buy this research right now I have to say.
If it works long term .. side effects etc? If it works on all people.
Nevertheless … people who have experienced traumatic stuff who can’t get rid of them via standard therapies .. can’t blame them for desperately wanting a cure. Haven’t met those though. Most I know cope quite well with their trauma’s. It’s the moment itself, when it actually happened .. where the most damage has been done already I guess. Can not be undone.
But it is like I already said .. up to patients in the end, IF it would become available ..

November 29, 2008 at 7:07 pm
vampirebloom says:

if we didn’t have bad memories then how would we learn from the mistakes we make?, also i wouldn’t have much memories left if i took that drug

November 29, 2008 at 8:40 pm
Aaris says:

I think this new researched drug is stupid and it shouldn’t be used. Many things in life are based upon memories, and who would want this done anyways? Just get someone like Derren to help you forget things. I do think that this kind of treatment is interesting, though i dont like it.

November 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm
Nicosia says:

That would be AWESOME! I can think of several ex-boyfriends I’d really like to forget :)

November 30, 2008 at 10:06 am
Flapjack says:

“The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” movie speculated about this idea. It’s a sideline Derren could carry out quite succesfully if he needed the extra cash!

November 30, 2008 at 12:31 pm
DGC says:

Do they take Mastercard? Alternatively I’ll swap them my house for 5 minutes with that needle.

November 30, 2008 at 12:36 pm
Amanda says:

If we had an education system that also focussed on such development areas as emotional intelligence and nlp then we would be in a better more informed place to make decisions about when and if we wish to erase the emotional associations created by challenging, frightening or destructive experiences. I have some systems that work mainly nlp based but also find humungus amounts of chocolate are not be be sniffed at …(geddit!)

December 1, 2008 at 1:48 am
AaronK says:

Jeez what a disaster that is going to be. Want to get rid of a bad relationship? *POOF* Now you can go on to make all the same mistakes again!

December 1, 2008 at 4:23 am
CheesesOfNazareth says:

“if we didn’t have bad memories then how would we learn from the mistakes we make?, ”

Why should bad memories come from mistakes WE make?


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