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Implanting false memory can snuff out anxiety

Jul 02, 2018, 8:30 AM EDT
(Source: Kevin Dooley/flickr)
(Source: Kevin Dooley/flickr)

People showing clinically significant levels of anxiety can get rid of their chronic worries with the help of false memories although the effects aren’t permanent and involve obvious risks and ethical considerations.

Veronika V. Nourkova and Darya A. Vasilenko, two psychologists at Lomonosov Moscow University, recently released a paper sharing the results of their experiments regarding the benefits of implanting false positive memories in anxiety sufferers, notes Big Think.

The findings claim that false memories augmented with hypnosis do help in alleviating anxiety, however, the effect withers off after fourth months. While memory fabrication sounds life-changing for some, it also risks creating assassins and spies “programmed” to erase their original memories, writes The Asian Age.

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