The Neuroscience of How We Intentionally Forget Experiences (‘Psychology Today’)

Dartmouth researchers have found that good and bad memories are linked to the context in which you experience the memory, according to an article in Psychology Today.

“The groundbreaking new findings from Dartmouth on how we intentionally remember, or forget, have a wide range of possible applications. Future research on these findings could lead to more effective ways to encode desired memories, such as developing new educational tools for learning; or help identify better ways to diminish painful memories associated with PTSD,” according to the article.

The study’s lead author Jeremy Manning, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences, and his collaborators found that people can forget past experiences “by performing a ‘scene drop’ in which you basically avoid playing the mini-movie in your head associated with the context of a memory,” the story says.

Read the full story, published May 7 by Psychology Today.