Analysis Of Daniela Schiller 's The Biology Of Affective Neuroscience At The Mount Sinai School Of Medicine

1249 Words Dec 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Daniela Schiller, who directs of th laboratory of affective neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, studies the intricate biology of how emotional memories are formed in the brain. “In real life, it’s not possible to pluck a single recollection from our brains without destroying others, and Schiller has no desire to do that. She and a growing number of her colleagues have a more ambitious goal: to find a way to rewrite our darkest memories. “I want to disentangle painful emotion from the memory it is associated with,” she said. “Then somebody could recall a terrible trauma...you would still have the memory, but not the overwhelming fear attached to it.” (Partial Recall). Her studies suggest that the emotional responses of memories may be able to be changed in order to help us survive. “Furthermore, At N.Y.U. and other institutions, scientists have begun to identify genes that appear to make proteins that enhance memory, and genes that clearly interfere with it. Both kinds of discovery raise the tantalizing, if preliminary, hope of a new generation of drugs, some of which could help people remember and some that might help them forget.” (Partial Recall). The implication of this identification suggests advancements in treating PTSD but also a concern that our thinking of memories is changing. It seems as if a broader implication is societies need to forget our past. Her research hopes to one day reach a point where the body is able to rid itself of the implicit…

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