Trauma and Cognitive Science: A Meeting of Minds, Science, and Human Experience

1st Edition

Jennifer J Freyd, Anne P Deprince

Published July 26, 2001
Reference - 354 Pages
ISBN 9780789013743 - CAT# HW13367

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Decipher the complex interplay of neurology, psychology, trauma, and memory!

In the midst of the controversies over how repressed, false, and recovered memories should be interpreted, Trauma and Cognitive Science presents reliable original research instead of rhetoric. This landmark volume examines the way different traumas influence memory, information processing, and suggestibility. The research provides testable theories on why people forget some kinds of childhood abuse and other traumas. It bridges the cognitive science and clinical approaches to traumatic stress studies.

Written by the foremost researchers in the field, including Bessel van der Kolk and Jennifer Freyd, these scientific evaluations of the way traumatic memories are processed offer powerful new perspectives on the interplay of biology and psychology. Trauma and Cognitive Science discusses a range of traumas, including combat, child abuse, and sexual assault across the lifespan. Fascinating perceptual experiments shed light on the cognitive uses of dissociation, the encoding and recall of memory, and the effects of early trauma on subsequent information processing. Trauma and Cognitive Science offers solid information on the most challenging questions in this field:
  • How is memory encoded, stored, and retrieved? How is it forgotten?
  • How does trauma influence these processes?
  • What kinds of memories can be created by suggestion?
  • What physical changes take place in the brain under traumatic stress?
  • How is consciousness disturbed during and after trauma?
  • What are the ethical, clinical, and societal implications of traumatic stress studies?
  • How can people suffering from traumatic memories be healed?
Trauma and Cognitive Science also offers an astonishing array of true case studies, including the story of an adult woman who was raped, went to court, and saw her rapist convicted--and then forgot the whole traumatic episode. The independently corroborated accounts of recovered memories and the carefully designed research studies on multiple modes and levels of memory may offer the key to understanding how we remember and why we forget. The results of these controlled scientific studies have wide-ranging implications for abuse survivors, combat veterans, rape victims, and people who have survived traumatic events from earthquakes to car accidents.

Written in clear, accessible prose, Trauma and Cognitive Science belongs on the bookshelf of all mental health professionals, researchers in the areas of traumatic stress and child abuse, attorneys, judges, and survivors of abuse and trauma.


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