Rewriting Your Brain

I've got some bad memories. Who doesn't? But now research shows we may be able to change them - their "emotional impact" - without forgetting them. Here's how it works: "if mitigating information about a traumatic or unhappy event is introduced within a narrow window of opportunity after its recall—during the few hours it takes for the brain to rebuild the memory in the biological brick and mortar of molecules—the emotional experience of the memory can essentially be rewritten."

“When you affect emotional memory, you don’t affect the content,” Schiller explains. “You still remember perfectly. You just don’t have the emotional memory.”

“The only way to freeze a memory,” she says, “is to put it in a story.”