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posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 03:43 PM
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Scientists at Stanford University have developed a method of sleep-therapy that can remove bad memories. It's only been tested on mice so far, but the results are reportedly encouraging.



Memory-erasure technology is finally starting to follow Eternal Sunshine canon. In the latest breakthrough, Stanford University researchers announced at the Society for Neuroscience meeting that they are manipulating fearful rat memories. Like the University of Puerto Rico study involving injections that cause rats to forget fears, this research is chemical-based, but the magic happens while the rats sleep. The team at Stanford hopes that sleep-based therapies will expand options for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.



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www.popsci.com...

Here's where my mind is going with this: in the future, it could be possible that soldiers are specifically treated to ignore certain fear factors in war environments; psychiatric patients are treated for their individual conditions so as to improve their reactions in social situations; and the average citizen is treated so as to reduce thoughts of distrust and suspicion towards certain groups, organizations, and legal enactments.

Essentially, this may be used to control our emotional response to situations or developments that would normally raise a red flag. Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but what do you think?




posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 03:52 PM
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wow if this is breaking news, that means they have been testing it on humans for at least ten years, this is not cool!!



posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 03:52 PM
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double post
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posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 03:55 PM
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hi op

Fast moving fearless zombie comes to mind..
actually that sounds like the police nowadays lol



posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 04:56 PM
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Come on. How do you ask a mouse if you've erased his bad memory? That's ridiculous.



posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 05:22 PM
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Originally posted by PrplHrt
Come on. How do you ask a mouse if you've erased his bad memory? That's ridiculous.


I guess they would have to create the fear first.... electric shocks when a certain action is taken then measure to see if the memory of avoiding the action is retained or not.

Just my best guess...

Of course that wouldn't be a definite indication that the fear was erased, it could have been the memory of the event that was erased.

...which leads us back to thinking it's been tested on humans for the past several years...
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posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 05:27 PM
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That's easy. Measure reactions to a certain factor - water, a ball, a pair of die, socks, etc - and then induce fear by associating pain and stress with that factor. Measure reactions after administering the treatment, and if the reactions associated with fear and distress are significantly reduced beyond what would normally be expected of a rodent's nature, then you have conclusive results.

Honestly, use your imagination!
You assume that just because a mouse is assumed to be inferior to human beings, its emotional responses cannot be determined? It's Standford, these guys are paid to be right!
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posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 05:48 PM
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So what kind of chip are they implanting now???



posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 05:56 PM
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I'm not sure if it's a chip right now, but I'm certain that should they choose to, they can format it from nano release from a chip in the future. It would be a very efficient means of creating a utopian mentality within society - a happy slave is a useful slave, after all.



posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 05:58 PM
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This is more disturbing, than encouraging.

Whatever happened to good ole growing beyond your limitations through spiritual self-discovery?



posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 06:02 PM
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or just puttin on your big-boy pants and dealing with it!



posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 06:03 PM
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I can see this as a positive thing for those who do suffer from PTS such as child abuse victims,rape victims etc being able to be applied to anyone who has become virtually crippled by events that greatly affect their quality of life.

But as per ussual the governments and military would have already been eyeing this off to use for their benefit from the get go.

Interesting topic AfterInfinity



posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 06:05 PM
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reply to post by PurpleChiten
 


That too.



posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 06:41 PM
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I'm somewhat curious how they determine bad memories from good ones.
Is there a certain part or the brain that deals only with bad memories?
I can just imagine going to sleep fearful or traumatized, and waking up not remembering
How to speak or use the restroom



posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 06:46 PM
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It really would be great for those with PTSD and I hope it opens a lot of doors to making their life a little easier.
Just like others here, I'm also a little apprehensive about other ways that it may be used that aren't quite as ... "good".



posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 06:47 PM
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I believe the treatment would eliminate the chemicular compounds known for causing the sensation of fear, distress, or panic. Therefore, the memories wouldn't be gone, only the negative emotions that they would have triggered.



posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 06:55 PM
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That makes sense.
I know someone mentioned zombies, but I think rather than just treating fear related problems,
it would be used to make soldiers less fearful in combat situations rushing headlong into whatever situation they're ordered into.



posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 07:04 PM
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Being fearless isn't like zombies, it just bolsters the idiocy that comes naturally to our species. Besides common sense, fear is the only thing that keeps us from jumping off cliffs as a sport. Not zombies...just a bunch of idiots. I think basically, the whole White House would break loose and infect America with the national application of this treatment.
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posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 07:14 PM
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I wasn't implying that it would result in zombies, but I agree.
It looks like idiocracy is slowly becoming more than just a funny movie



posted on Oct, 19 2012 @ 07:53 PM
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Gosh... i don't think i like the sound of this. Fear is a natural emotion and it's there for a reason, be it for coping or being aware of danger or what not. Take it away and you take away something we naturally feel. It just doesn't feel right to me. But what do i know ?

I guess if it could help people to cope with things such as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome or other temporary fear filled mind sets.. it might be useful and a hopeful therapy. But why tamper with these things. Its the minds way of dealing with these types of situations naturally, right? Maybe its no different than using hypnotherapy to help someone to stop smoking and other things. I don't know~

Guess we shall find out one day what the consequences of utilizing such things will be. My thoughts... What else will be manipulated besides their aim at manipulating the fearful memories?

Yikes.






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