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Come to think of it or not: Study shows how memories can be intentionally forgotten

Context plays a big role in our memories, both good and bad. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” on the car radio, for example, may remind you of your first love — or your first speeding ticket. But a Dartmouth- and Princeton-led brain scanning study shows that people can intentionally forget past experiences by changing how they think about the context of those memories.

Dartmouth Intentionally Forgetting Study
Jeremy Manning, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Dartmouth College, and his collaborators show that people can intentionally forget past experiences by changing how they think about the context of those memories.
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