December 22, 2013 | Corrinne

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?

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Disrupting memory recall could help treat conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

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3 comments on 'Can we zap away memories?'

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HANNAH

January 25, 2014 at 11:48

IT IS G00D BECAUSE Y0U GET EXERCISE.

KATE

January 6, 2014 at 11:26

VERY USEFUL

Jade

January 4, 2014 at 13:02

U should never delete a memory wether its good or bad! The memory is apart of u and ur life. Theres no point in forgetting it, it makes u U!! No ones perfect! U might have the memory deleted from ur brain but others who witness or knew about the memory won't! U don't want to sound like a lier do U???

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