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Researchers Find That Well-Timed Timeout is More Effective in Wiping Out Memory Response to Fear Stimulus

Posted: April 1, 2009

"Marie Monfils, an assistant professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, has taken advantage of a key time when memories are ripe for change to substantially modify memories of fear into benign memories and to keep them that way. The finding is a significant advance in learning how memory can be manipulated in rodents. It also could indicate a potential treatment for humans suffering from anxiety-related disorders."...Tim Green, UT Office of Public Affairs

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Dr. Monfils paper has been published this week in Science Express, an online publication of Science. Read "Extinction-Reconsolidation Boundaries: Key to Persistent Attenuation of Fear Memories

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