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Memory reconsolidation and psychotherapeutic process

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 June 2015

Israel Liberzon
Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2700. Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2700.
Arash Javanbakht
Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2700.


Lane et al. propose a heuristic model in which distinct, and seemingly irreconcilable, therapies can coexist. Authors postulate that memory reconsolidation is a key common neurobiological process mediating the therapeutic effects. This conceptualization raises a set of important questions regarding neuroscience and translational aspects of fear memory reconsolidation. We discuss the implications of the target article's memory reconsolidation model in the development of more effective interventions, and in the identification of less effective, or potentially harmful approaches, as well as concepts of contextualization, optimal arousal, and combined therapy

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