This is not science fiction. Imagine being the victim of rape, a war veteran suffering PTSD, even drug addicts being able to have those horrific memories actually erased from your brain.
Researchers feel they have a feasible and working way of actually erasing painful memories and even post-traumatic stress from an individuals brain.
The new scientific breakthrough in neuroscience came from researchers who have discovered a link between a protein called PKM and recollections of distributing incidents.
Neuroscience researchers say that by targeting the specific brain circuit which holds the horrific and tormenting memory they believe they can actually wipe it out!
Professor David Glanzman, the study’s senior author out of Los Angeles, said: “I think it will be feasible. We will be able to go into one’s brain, identify the location of the memory of a traumatic experience and try to dampen it down. Once we know the neural circuit that contains the memory, then we need a selective way to inhibit the activity of PKM Protein in that circuit.”
Professor David Glanzman, and his team have been conducting the study out of Los Angeles using marine snails, whose cells react in a similar way to humans.
The neurological breakthrough study will pave the way for much needed treatment for war veterans and victims of terrible crimes and horrific attacks allowing a new peace and normalcy to their life. The long-term benefits of treatments could even help drug addicts and can be as far reaching as helping people with long-term memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
Researchers found inhibiting their PKM removed bodily reactions that equated to long-term memories.
It could lead to a method of controlling connections in the brain called synapses to soften traumatic memories. Prof Glanzman added: “We can do this in culture, and there is no essential difference between the synapse in culture and the synapse in your brain.”
The memory-erasing technology in the 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” may have seemed far-fetched, but it might become a possibility thanks to Professor David Glanzman and his team of researchers.