Novel findings by psychology researchers suggest that people can be trained to forget specific details associated with bad memories. That is, people can be taught to forget the consequences of bad incidents in their lives and their emotional attachments to the events without forgetting the causes of the incidents. Researchers believe that the findings can be used to treat depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The study has been published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. Dr Saima Noreen, a postdoctoral fellow in The MacLeodLab, and co-researcher Malcolm MacLeod, a psychology professor from the University of St. Andrews think that the ability of intentional forgetting could play a critical role in reshaping our self-images Dr. Noreen said, “These novel findings show that individuals can be trained to not think about memories that have personal relevance and significance to them and provide the most direct evidence to date that we possess some kind of control over autobiographical memory.”
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Source: Medical Daily