Handout for Think Tank Talk
June 11, 2014
The brain’s rules for unlearning and erasing a target learning:
from “Unlocking the Emotional Brain” by Bruce Ecker, Robin Ticic and Laurel Hulley:
1) Reactivate. - Retrigger/re-evoke the target knowlege by presenting salient cues or contexts from the original learing
2) Mismatch/unlock. Concurrent with the reactivation, create an experience that is significantly at variance with the target learning’s model and expectations of how the world functions. This step unlocks synapses and renders memory circuits labile, i.e. suseptible to bieng updated by new learning
3) Erase and revise via new learning. During a window of about five hours before synapses have relocked, create a new learning experience that contradicts our windos before the synapses hae relocked, need to create a new learning experience that contradics ( for erasing ) or supplememnts ( for revising) the labile target knowledge. (This new learning experiene may be the same as or different from the experience used for mismatch in Step 2; if it is the same, Step 3 consists of repititions of step 2.