I've embarrassed myself more times than I care to remember. But science may be able to help me forget.
A technique called electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is sometimes used to treat severe depression. Now scientists say ECT can disrupt the storage of a recently recalled memory so it's harder to remember in the future. It could help to reduce the stressful impact of unwanted memories.
The therapy only seems to work if ECT is administered as soon as the memory surfaces, so it requires careful timing. But should we do it at all?