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Hey, I'm just experimenting you guys and I'm going be reading articles, science articles to you because I want see how fun I can make them and I want to work on my inflection and I thought it could be pleasurable to listen to someone read science articles to you. You might enjoy it. So that's what I'm doing. So enjoy.
Thank you guys for listening but I was going say so if you know me in real life people are like she's kind of she's smart, but she's an airhead. I forget things. I'm very absent-minded. If something bad happens.
It becomes a faint memory for me. I would may even forget to mention it and I think that allows me to be optimistic, even when I see and experience negative things and This all came to mind because , there is a recent article. I found on sciencedaily.com.
The title is forgetting uses more brain power than remembering this articles dated March 11th, 2019. The source University of Texas at Austin the summary choosing to forget something might take more mental effort than trying to remember it researchers at the University of Texas at Austin discovered through neural Imaging. These findings suggest an order to forget an unwanted experience more attention should focused on it. This surprising result extends prior research on intentional forgetting. We may want discard memories that trigger maladaptive responses such as traumatic memories so we can respond to new experiences and more adaptive ways said one the researchers Decades of research has shown we have the ability to voluntarily forget something but how our brains do that is still being questioned. Once we can figure out how memories are weakened and devise ways to control this we can design treatment to help people rid themselves of unwanted memories.
Memories are not static. They are Dynamic constructions of the brain that regularly get updated modified and reorganize through experience. The brain is constantly remembering and forgetting information and much of this happens automatically during sleep when it comes to intentional for getting prior studies focused on locating hot spots of activity in the brains control structures such as the prefrontal cortex and long-term memory structures such as the hippocampus the latest study focuses instead on the sensory and perceptual areas of the brain specifically the ventral temporal cortex and the patterns of activity there that correspond memory representations of complex visual stimuli. We're looking not at the source of attention in the brain, but the sight of it said one of the researchers using neuroimaging to track patterns of brain activity. The researchers showed group of healthy adults. Images of scenes and faces instructing them to either remember or forget each image their findings not only confirmed that humans have the ability to control what they forget but that is successful intentional forgetting required moderate levels of brain activity in these sensory and perceptual areas more activity than what was required to remember. A moderate level of brain activity is critical to this forgetting mechanism too strong and it will strengthen the memory too weak and you won't modify. It said one of the researchers importantly, it's intention to forget that increases the activation of the memory and when this activation hits the moderate level sweet spot, that's when it leads to later for getting of that experience.
The researchers also found that participants were more likely to forget scenes then faces which can carry much more emotional information. We're learning how these mechanisms in our brain respond to different types information and it take a lot of further research and replication of this work before we understand how to harness our ability to forget. So one of the researchers who has begun a study using neural feedback to track how much attention is given to certain types of memories. This will make way for future studies on how we process and hopefully get rid of those really strong sticky emotional memories, which can have powerful impact on our health and well-being said one the researchers. Wow, that was really great. I really enjoyed reading that. So basically what they found is that it takes more energy to actually forget something than it does to remember it. Right? Isn't what they said? But if you hit the sweet spot of effort, you can forget something that you want to forget that's interesting that help people who have post-traumatic stress syndrome and maybe just some sort of militating memory that is holding them back in life and causing them lot of anguish, you know, I can just see someone going.
You're absolutely right. I don't want to remember anything. I don't remember anything. Darling darling just wipe me clean wipe wipe me clean. I don't want to remember anything I can see that happening. With good comes the dark side. what are you gonna do? You know, what you gonna do? So, I think it's really interesting and thank you guys for listening. Let me know what you think.
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