Journal article

Eradicating War Memories: Neuroscientific Reality and Ethical Concerns

Marijn CW Kroes, Rain Liivoja

International Review of the Red Cross | Cambridge University Press (CUP) | Published : 2019


In this article, the authors describe PTSD, the role of memory in PTSD, its effects on the brain, and the limitations of current treatment methods. Then, the state of the art of the neuroscience of MMTs is presented. Within this realistic scientific framework the authors will discuss the ethical, legal and social implications of MMTs for the treatment of war-induced PTSD, especially in a military population. Three major sets of issues will be focused on: safety and social justice concerns, concerns about threats to authenticity and identity, and the possible legal and moral duties to retain certain memories. Finally, the article concludes that within scientific reality, concerns are limited ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

While writing this article, both authors were supported by Branco Weiss Fellowships. Marijn C. W. Kroes was also supported by an H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship.