Erasing memories with electroshock therapy

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  1. slobake

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    I saw this story about researchers having some success erasing bad memories from humans using electro shock therapy.
    http://www.nature.com/news/zapping-the-brain-can-help-to-spot-clean-nasty-memories-1.14431

    I'm sure it will help in treating some psychological disorders.
    Is there also a potential that this could be misused? Holy George Orwell! I can see it now, leaving a treatment session with an overpowering urge to buy Wayne Newton recordings and watch re-runs of Gilligan's Island. :eek: YIKES!
  2. bassinplace

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    I like my brain and prefer to keep 100% intact, thank you. Bad memories and all. :)
  3. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Give Me Chocolate! Gold Supporting Member

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    Uhm, it already has been misused. This isn't exactly a new idea...
  4. slobake

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    Is that why I like the Ramones?
  5. SidMau

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    I wouldn't mind misusing it on other people...
  6. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Give Me Chocolate! Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes. Yes it is!
  7. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

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    Back in 99 when I got so badly messed up, they wanted to use a therapy on me that reduced short term memories. Supposed to reduce the memories of the wreck I got hurt in, but there was a wrongful death suit involved and the lawyers didn't want my recollection monkeyed with.
  8. hbarcat

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    Google "Lobotomy"


    This procedure was performed on about 100,000 people worldwide, mostly in the 1950's.


    Absolutely horrific.
  9. 1958Bassman

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    Including Rose Kennedy, who was placed in a Wisconsin sanitarium. 'Wisconsin' and 'sanitarium', redundant? Nooooooo!
  10. spade2you

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    I generally don't disclose this much. I tend to remember entirely too much. I can't control what I remember. I seem to remember failures, defeats, and other unpleasant things the most. Those seem to be etched in stone. I wish I had the ability to remember the important things. I could have been a much better student.

    I made this discovery about myself after I quit drinking for a year. A few professors noticed that I went from barely passing to pretty good.

    About the only way to suppress these memories would be to drink copious amounts of booze. I can't do that any more.

    Perhaps I'll be the first and only one to sign up for this. Remembering every little bad detail of my life can be challenging. That's the part they don't tell you about having a somewhat photographic memory.
  11. PAC

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    I went to see my doctor about some feelings I've had recently. I told him sometimes I feel like a tipi and other times I feel like a wigwam. He told me. Son I think you are too tents.

    Paul

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  12. bassinplace

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    Not to downplay your struggle in any way, but it must have its positives as well. I wish I had a photographic memory when it comes to learning new songs! :bassist:
  13. BawanaRik

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    This has happen before. People rarely learn and are doomed to repeat. Wash rinse repeat.
  14. spade2you

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    I can learn songs alright. This isn't one of the areas where I can be 100% photographic. I can remember bits and pieces of almost every song I've heard, probably not enough to play them by ear or remember all of the exact lyrics.
  15. BawanaRik

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    See, lawyers are good for something
  16. placedesjardins

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    My wife says I selectively forget things...
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    I hate Mondays. Shave my head, slap on some wires and gimme the juice!
  18. machine gewehr

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    I never had the stomach to watch any documentry on lobotomy.

    Apparently, I still don't.:atoz:

    Man I don't feel good, I gotta get some air...
  19. 1958Bassman

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    Remembering just about everything is a PITA but it CAN be very helpful. However, dwelling on the bad is just a good way to be constantly unhappy. Drinking is never a good way to suppress anything- much better to deal with things and move on. The past is the past and, unless you can repair broken promises, hurt feelings and damaged relationships, leave it where it is- behind you.

    Even if you have to force yourself to stop thinking about the bad stuff, you can still learn from it to not make any avoidable mistakes in the future by paying attention to warning signs.
  20. champbassist

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    I'm pretty sure I represent a large number of people when I say that Eternal Sunshine was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the title :D

    While not downplaying the traumatic experiences many people have had, I'd say that this

    is something that I totally agree with.

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