Fear not: Manipulating sleep might help you forget

Delphine Oudiette, James W. Antony, Ken A. Paller*

*Corresponding author for this work

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9 Scopus citations


Memory storage is not static - updating is often needed. When it comes to traumatic memories, forgetting may be desired. Two innovative studies recently demonstrated that fear memories can be weakened during sleep using odors associated with fear-learning episodes. New strategies along these lines should be carefully considered for treating unwanted fears.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-4
Number of pages2
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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