Modern science brings us endless possibilities to help our bodies and our minds stay healthy, but some recent scientific pursuits have also been the center of controversy. One of these is researchers’ interest in manipulating memories. Is this feat possible, and if so, why would we want to achieve it?
Our memories make up so much of who we are, and the things we remember can often define our experience of the world.
And while positive memories can help us grow and thrive, negative memories do not always have such welcome effects.
Sometimes, unpleasant memories can be part of a learning curve — getting scalded with boiling water means that next time we will be more careful when handling the kettle.