Conversations About Ethics

When Memory Deceives: Current and emerging trends in memory manipulation

Joseph LeDoux

We depend on memory in daily life. It allows us to use the past to help inform the present and future.  Yet, memory is based on change.  This is both its virtue and its vice. The very processes that allow memory to store information also allows memory to be modified inaccurately.  For example, inaccuracies can occur with memory is updated after retrieval and is then restored. This quirk of memory can be taken advantage of in the treatment of troubling memories, for example after trauma. In this lecture, we will discuss the ethical implications of the possibilities that arise from having people retrieve bad memories and restore them as less troubling.  

Learning objectives:

  1. Discuss current and emerging applications of memory manipulation.
  2. Consider the clinical and ethical implications of memory manipulation following retrieval
  3. Explore how clinical biases might change memories during their re-storage after retrieval

CME: The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts certificates of attendance for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

 Healthcare professionals receiving a certificate of attendance should consult with their licensing board for information on applicability and acceptance.

†This presentation meets the Texas Medical Board criteria for formal continuing medical education involving the study of medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

CEU: The Ecumenical Center is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Texas for the following: LPC, LMFT, LSW, LCSW and LMSW.

This activity provides up to 1.0 ethics continuing education units.

CNE: This event does not qualify for nursing continuing education.

About the Speaker

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Joseph LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at NYU in the Center for Neural Science, and he directs the Emotional Brain Institute of NYU and the Nathan Kline Institute. He also a Professor of Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical School. His work is focused on the brain mechanisms of memory and emotion and he is the author of The Emotional Brain, Synaptic Self, and Anxious(July 2015).  LeDoux has received a number of awards, including the Karl Spencer Lashley Award from the American Philosophical Society, the Fyssen International Prize in Cognitive Science, Jean Louis Signoret Prize of the IPSEN Foundation, the Santiago Grisolia Prize, the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, the American Psychological Association Donald O. Hebb Award.  LeDoux is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.   He is also the lead singer and songwriter in the rock band, The Amygdaloids. 



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