Bridger and Caleb discuss Ecker’s 2015 article on the misunderstanding around memory reconsolidation.
- Instead of drinking when stressed, you learn to go running.
- “Extinction” pays homage to the history of memory reprocessing
- When a memory network becomes deconsolidation and reconsolidated with a new emotional learning
- In other words, implicit emotional learning was erased and replaced with new emotional learning.
- Explanation of RIGS (12:08)
- The difficulty of treating depression (18:29)
- Memory networks & attachment theory (21:03)
- Memory reconsolidation is an emergent process (25:32)
- Bridger doesn’t get hangry example (36:39)
- Bridger’s summary of the episode (01:03:59)
Memory Reconsolidation Misconception
The reconsolidation process is triggered by the reactivation of a target learning or memory
- This would mean that every time you revisited a memory, it would change.
- In other words, every time you thought about the process of driving, it would change.
- Thankfully, you can retrieve all day long, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to change anything.
- For reconsolidation to occur, it’s necessary to have a mismatched experience or prediction error
Memory Reconsolidation Misconception 2
The disruption of reconsolidation is what erases a target learning
- This assumes the reconsolidation process is to blame for emotional target learning
- In other words, if you just disrupt that, you’ll change the emotional target learning.
- But that doesn’t make sense.
- Remember, memory reconsolidation isn’t the thing we’re disrupting.
- Rather, it’s what happens when a deconsolidated emotional learning has a new mismatch experience with new stimuli paired with it.
Memory Reconsolidation Misconception 3
Erasure is brought about during the reconsolidation window by a process of extinction. Reconsolidation is an enhancement of extinction
- In other words, you’re prioritizing a whole other behavioral sequence.
- That is different from reconsolidation.
- Again, erasure and extinction aren’t connected.
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Executive Directors of Beyond Healing: Jennifer and Ryan Savage, Melissa Bentinnedi, Bridger Falkenstein
Hosts: Caleb Boston, Bridger Falkenstein, and Melissa Benintendi
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