Scientists at the University of Toronto have discovered a way to remove bad memories from our brains using technology not dissimilar to that seen in the hit film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Much like the service Jim Carrey’s character enlists in movie, researchers have honed in on the brain cells that cause us fear and pain and the memories associated with them. Once discovered, the cells are ‘deleted’ through a chemical process. [via The Telegraph]
The team of scientists was led by Dr Sheena Josselyn, Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology. Using mice, they surgically removed the cluster of cells responsible for trauma, called the engram.
The results were so promising that the hope is to create a pill that will do the exact same thing.
“Our goal would be to find a pharmacological way to target and inactivate just these neurons, sort of like a heat seeking missile-like drug.”
Unfortunately for all the ‘Spotless Mind’ fans out there, the drugs will only be used on people suffering from mental disabilities due to bad memories. For the time being, at least.
So if you’re sad over a messy break-up then get over it the way we all do. With time.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.