The retrieval of a memory can initiate processes in our brain that actively consolidate and

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The retrieval of a memory can initiate processes in our brain that actively consolidate and strengthen the memory trace, a process known as memory reconsolidation. Memories retrieved are thought to increase their stability once they undergo the process of consolidation. Retrieval of a memory trace may cause another liable phase to require more processing to keep the memory stable after retrieval; the brain systemically acquires cellular mechanisms to initiate a new round of protein synthesis that saves the trace from degradation. (Rudy CITE) There has been recent issues concerning the relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder and reconsolidation of fear memories brought about by individuals who experience the disorder.…show more content…
The memory consolidation theory holds that, following a learning experience, a memory trace in vulnerable to disruption, and with the passage of time, resistance to memory disruption increases and the trace becomes more stable and embedded in the long-term memory. (Rudy CITE). According to this view one could hope for, by pharmacologically or therapeutically (or combination of both), presenting subjects with adrenergic receptor antagonists like propranolol that, if applied, may increase the reactivation procedure to help eliminate the fear memory. Through systemic administration, propranolol blocks the adrenaline-induced state of high arousal, which is thought to give the fear memory the potency and immediacy it possesses. (CITE) Molecular studies of the memory process suggest that the conversion from labile short-term memory to permanent long-term memory traces involves protein synthesis. By applying a protein synthesis inhibitor such as anisomycin, synthesis needed to rebuild the initial trace of a memory would be blocked, and should progressively extinct the memory. (CITE) Not involving the use of pharmaceuticals, CBT has been used in the management of PTSD for many years (CITE). Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a technique in which therapist serve as a guidance to try and assist clients in selecting specific strategies that help with the severity of their PTSD. Therapists help structure sessions in which clients can focus on

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