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Memory consolidation reconfigures neural pathways involved in the suppression of emotional memories
 

Memory consolidation reconfigures neural pathways involved in the suppression of emotional memories

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As memories consolidate over time, they become resistant to change, though how this impacts the volitional suppression of memories is not known. Liu and colleagues show that, after overnight consolidation, aversive memories exhibit distributed prefrontal representations and are harder to suppress.
 
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1 Dec 2016 - General
 
This is the first article that I encountered which studies the connection between negative emotions, sleep and memory consolidation. Its good that the researchers used functional imaging to document cerebral areas that are affected on voluntary consolidation of memories. However functional imaging has its limits as it only identifies brain structures. For future studies, I hope that spectroscopy can be incorporated to evaluate neurcochemical activity that can be correlated with brain areas durin...
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