This is how the brain forgets on purpose


Two brain regions apparently play a pivotal role in forgetting

Researchers from Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University Hospital of Gießen and Marburg, in collaboration with colleagues from Bonn, the Netherlands, and the UK, have analysed what happens in the brain when humans want to voluntarily forget something. They identified two areas of the brain - the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus - whose activity patterns are characteristic for the process of forgetting. They measured the brain activity in epilepsy patients who had electrodes implanted in the brain for the purpose of surgical planning. The team headed by Carina Oehrn and Professor Nikolai Axmacher outlines the results in the journal Current Biology, published online on 6 September 2018. read more


Suppressed memories in severely traumatised refugees


Heavily traumatised people such as refugees fleeing war, torture and natural catastrophes may not necessarily develop posttraumatic stress disorder, a new study reveals.
Dr. Gerd Waldhauser, Prof. Dr. Nikolai Axmacher, Dr. Simon Hanslmayr, Prof. Dr. Thomas Elbert
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Researchers worked with a group of refugees – half suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the others not – and asked them to suppress neutral memories. Results showed that participants who struggled to control these thoughts were more likely to show symptoms of PTSD. The research raises the question of whether the ability to control memories protects against developing PTSD or if the condition causes an impairment in an individual’s ability to control their memories?

Experts at the University of Birmingham, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the University of Konstanz and Berlin’s Max Planck Institute for Human Development worked with 24 refugees from a range of European, African, and Asian countries to complete the study, which is published in Scientific Reports. read more

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