Yes, I know that was a LONG TITLE for an Art Blog Post.
I love experiments and cutting edge ideas, especially ones that involve art.
Have you ever had a negative experience and thought - "Well, I'll never get that (insert amount time) back again."
While it's true, we can never get back the time we spent engaging in or with negative situations - But what if we could jettison their unpleasant memory?
Have you ever said this to yourself ?
"I just want to forget this ever happened."
"Over the past century, psychology has taken two broad approaches to explaining how we forget. The first argues that forgetting occurs because of incidental changes that happen to organisms or their environments. Thus, we forget because new experiences lead to memories that interfere with remembering the past; because our contexts change, eliminating cues needed to revive older memories; or because the physical bases of memories decay. The second approach goes beyond this; it posits distinct mechanisms that promote forgetting. Although perhaps counterintuitive, many theories include active forgetting processes.
A core discovery concerns the role of the prefrontal cortex in exerting top-down control over mnemonic activity in the hippocampus and other brain structures, often via inhibitory control. New findings reveal that such processes not only induce forgetting of specific memories but also can suppress the operation of mnemonic processes more broadly, triggering windows of anterograde and retrograde amnesia in healthy people."
According to a research paper published in March of 2016 - Inducing amnesia through systemic suppression is possible. Regardless of whether the amnesic shadow is unique to suppression, what is clear is that suppressing hippocampal activity through cognitive control induces a state akin to a virtual lesion, mimicking hippocampal amnesia.
Retrieval suppression may, in essence, induce a transient ‘virtual lesion', on the hippocampus - leaving in its wake, an amnesic shadow for any experience.
Using myself as the study subject - I'm going to spend the next few weeks actively engaged in this experiment introducing my own hypothesis that combines non-dominant hand art creation and Neurgraphics.
I'll document this experiment and report back with my findings.
Until next time ...