Jacek Debiec, M.D., Ph.D.
Jacek Debiec, M.D., Ph.D., is a psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and philosopher. He is a research scientist at the New York University Center for Neural Science, where he studies the neural mechanisms of emotional learning and memory. He is the coauthor with Joseph LeDoux and Henry Moss of The Self: From Soul to Brain (New York Academy of Sciences, 2003). He can be reached at email@example.com.
Toward a New Treatment for Traumatic Memories
Whether the result of violence, war, or disaster, the intrusive memories that haunt people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cannot always be healed through psychotherapy or current medications. Now research on the biological basis of memory offers the hope of new drug treatments that may be able to lessen the disabling fear associated with traumatic memories and perhaps even fundamentally alter them. Neuroscientists Jacek Debiec, M.D., Ph.D., and Margaret Altemus, M.D., argue that this possibility raises profound ethical and philosophical questions that must be examined even as researchers work to relieve the suffering of PTSD.