Humans may now be able to erase unhappy or painful memories from their brain. Here’s how

According to details, there is a memory-editing technique called 'Decoded Neurofeedback or DecNef', which has been created to treat PTSD.

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Did you ever imagine that you may have a chance or opportunity to erase unhappy memories from your brain?

While it may seem like something that can only happen in movies like ‘The Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind’, science is proving otherwise. A new neurotechnology technique has been developed to help humans erase painful memories from their brains.

The Delete-Memory Button May Exist

According to details, there is a memory-editing technique called ‘Decoded Neurofeedback or DecNef’, which has been created to treat PTSD. The process involves an electromagnet similar to an MRI scanner which measures various changes in the brain, like the level of oxygen in the blood.

The data gathered by the scanner is sent in real-time to an artificially intelligent learning agent that tracks which areas of the brain are active when particular memories are stimulated.

Aurelio Cortese, a computational neuroscientist and principal investigator of the ATR Computational Neuroscience Labs, said:

The AI component is vital to understanding what’s going on in the human brain. Machine learning is used to learn the neural representation of the target mental representation in the first place.

Explaining the process, the neuroscientist further stated:

This machine learning decoder is then used in the neurofeedback procedure to detect the activation patterns and compute the likelihood that it corresponds to a target pattern. The DecNef then monitors the parts of the brain where these “painful” memories are active and trains the patient to control the impact of the stimulus.

What happens as a result?

Clarifying what happens, Aurelio Cortese stated:

The memories aren’t deleted in the same way we’d delete unwanted documents from a computer. However, DecNef teaches the patient to control and suppress the brain’s natural response.

Experts speculate that while this all may seem complicated at first, at the rate science is progressing; it may actually be possible. However, leading neurologists argue that this technique raises enormous ethical concerns as it threatens to change a person’s personality artificially.

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