A Team of Researchers have a Pill That Makes Them Go Away
“But the memories that hang heaviest are the easiest to recall. They hold in their creases the ability to change one’s life, organically, forever. Even when you shake them out, they’ve left permanent wrinkles in the fabric of your soul.”
― Julie Gregory, Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood
Gregory explains the pain of a bad memory quite adeptly, and just as much as we would want these to make an exit from our minds and lives, we are powerless.
Cornelius Gross of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Italy plans to make an escape from bad memories by taking a pill to make them go away. While it sounds fascinating enough, most of us may be taking it in with a grain of salt.
Let me tell you how Gross plans to achieve this superb feat. He explains that the brain makes place for new memories by erasing the old ones. This is done by the part of your brain which is known as the hippo-campus. It leans towards saving memories that you hold close to your heart and the ones which you spent time learning. Your synapses are strengthened when you do something.
If your synapses weaken, you end up losing those memories. The more time you spend thinking about the bad times, the stronger your synapses get and the more difficult it gets for you to let go of them. This means that you have to find a way to block these memories.
Gross and his team have come up with a drug that can block the synapses and make you forget these memories. While it is still under development, the team aims at pairing it with psychotherapy to effectively erase bad memories from your brain.
The drug is still going through trials and research which means that you may not be able to see it in the market very soon. But once it does make its appearance, my question is, are you ready to give up a thing of your past to a pill?