“Eternal Sunshine” Gas Could Erase Memories That Cause PTSD

Researchers think xenon gas could provide a solution for people suffering from emotional trauma.

Screencap from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Turns out, the only thing that’s sci-fi about Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is its insistence that true love is real (kidding, kidding). Last summer, researchers at McLean Hospital, a psychiatric hospital of Harvard Medical School, published a study in the peer-reviewed scientific journal PLOS ONE about the use of xenon gas for “erasing” emotional memories. In a recent interview with VICE, Dr. Edward G. Meloni, an assistant psychologist at McLean Hospital who authored the study, says that their research could help treat sufferers of Post-Traumautic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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How MDMA Affects Empathy

Scientific evidence is mounting that ecstasy isn’t just a party drug.

According to lore, in the early 1980s, an enterprising drug distributor in Los Angeles was trying to build a street market for the chemical compound MDMA. It seemed like a promising product— MDMA floods the brain with serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of happiness. Users reported feeling euphoric, appreciating lights and music in a new way, and a rush of emotional intimacy. MDMA was starting to catch on as a club drug, but if it was going to be big, it would need a catchier name.

With partygoers in mind, the dealer coined the name “Ecstasy.” “Empathy,” he reportedly said, “would be more appropriate, but how many people know what it means?”

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July 27: Our Latest Pet Finds

Brought to you by Purina ONE beyOnd. Read about one shelter dogs journey to Broadway stardom, dogs helping PTSD sufferers, and iPad apps for your cat.


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There's nothing quite like a cute dog or cat picture to brighten your day; get your fill at GOOD Pets where we've gathered some of our favorite past pet-related content. And if that's not enough pets for you, check out the finds below from this past week of GOOD Finder, which features a collection of all things that are awesome as submitted by the GOOD community.

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