Can our memory be manipulated?

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1) Researchers are developing a full-fledged map of where memories are stored in the brain.

Steve discusses how memories are distributed throughout the brain, how to create “maps” of what these memories look like — and which areas of the brain are the most important for storing memories.

2) As long as something in the brain can misfire or miswire — neuroscientists can find a way to fix it.

Steve projects that researchers may one day be able to pinpoint and erase the cause of mental health conditions including depression and PTSD.

3) Steve’s lab is working to make a blueprint for the therapeutic value of memory manipulation.

The end-goal of this blueprint would be to artificially manipulate and dial-down the emotional pain associated with anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions.

4) It is possible to erase memories.

Steve explains how to erase memories both temporarily and long-term.

5) Eliminating bad memories isn’t all fun and games. It can be dangerous.

Steve advises that just as doctors wouldn’t just give out anti-depressants to the entire population, in the future doctors should only administer memory manipulation to those who need it the most.

6) Ethics is a huge part of the equation.

Steve emphasizes the importance of memory manipulation being done in a clinical setting.

7) Neuroscientists of the future should get as much hands-on research experience as possible.

Steve shares important advice for aspiring brain explorers and highlights the value of “being within the belly of the research beast.”

8) A workout for your mind: Physical exercise also exercises your brain.

Steve reassures Redditors that you don’t have to rely on Sudoku to strengthen your memory.

9) It’s possible to be on good terms with your ex.

Unlike a Redditor who asked Steve, “how can I erase the memory of the venomous, evil snake that is my ex?” — Steve is on great terms with his ex (even after he kicked off his TED Talk by discussing their breakup).

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