Memory reconsolidation is foundational to every therapy instigating deep change. On this week’s episode, the hosts begin a 4-part series on the topic.
Emotional Learning & Reconsolidation
- Panksepp’s three processes: primary, secondary, and tertiary
- Listen to Caleb’s explanation (timestamp)
- To clarify, when we’re talking about emotional learning, we’re talking about the secondary processes in which we’re contorting our primary affects in our world to get our needs met.
- Bridger’s example of a child needing a snack (33:55)
- Caleb explains the processes through the three selves (35:48)
- Missed that episode? Listen to it here
Depression is survival positive.
- We tend to focus on the tertiary process of belief while ignoring the first two processes that inform ruminative depression.
- Note, internal working models are created through emotional learning.
- Further, the more emotionally charged an experience is, the more robust those internal working models are going to be.
- Though this can cause lots of problems later in life, they serve a very important purpose when they’re created.
- Discovered the consolidation process
- First, the parts of a memory are brought together and held.
- Then, a neurobiologically process of consolidation occurs.
- Once it’s consolidated, it’s locked in your brain.
- Extinction creates a new consolidated learning network.
- Consequently, this new network competes with the original network.
- Symptom relapse is common because there’s no actual extinction.
- Rather, there’s a prioritization of a new memory.
1997 – 2000
- The idea of reconsolidation emerged.
- The potential benefits of activating the emotional learning network became evident.
- Through this activation, there’s destabilization.
- At this point, the network becomes deconsolidated and therefore is temporarily open for new influences.
- However, activation alone cannot alter the memory network.
- Rather, you have to pair that activation with a mismatched experience.
- This allows the integration of the new experience.
- When that happens, there’s a relocking through long-term potentiation.
Activating a Memory for Reconsolidation
- Remember, the symptom is not the thing you work on.
- Importantly, you have to access emotional learning.
- To clarify, it’s important not to get caught up in the logical story.
- Certainly, listen to Melissa’s process of finding the emotional learning (1:10:28).
- 3 signs of reconsolidation: nonreactivation, symptom cessation, and effortless permanence.
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- Executive Directors: Jennifer and Ryan Savage, Melissa Bentinnedi, Bridger Falkenstein
- Hosts: Caleb Boston, Melissa Benintendi, and Bridger Falkenstein
- Producer: Bridger Falkenstein
- Editor: Jamie Eggert
- Original Music Composers: Bridger Falkenstein and Caleb Boston