Rats remember what they want to

Forgetting is an adaptive mechanism to survive the rat race

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A new study, A retrieval-specific mechanism of adaptive forgetting in the mammalian brain, has reported rats can choose the memories they want to keep and are selective about the ones they want to forget. 

The research team based at the University of Buenes Aires, Argentina and the University of Cambridge, the United Kingdom, found that while the mammalian brain stores memories, forgetting plays an intrinsic role in shaping memory and assists organisms adjust their behaviour to adapt to changing environments.

I know there are a few things I try to forget just like everyone else to survive the human “rat race.” 

This article was published by the Journal, Nature Communications, and is available to read here.

Gabrielle Ahern

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