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A basic-systems approach to autobiographical memory

dc.contributor.author Rubin, David C
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-20T02:13:06Z
dc.date.issued 2005-04-01
dc.identifier.issn 0963-7214
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/10105
dc.description.abstract Memory for complex everyday events involving vision, hearing, smell, emotion, narrative, and language cannot be understood without considering the properties of the separate systems that process and store each of these forms of information. Using this premise as a starting point, my colleagues and I found that visual memory plays a central role in autobiographical memory: The strength of recollection of an event is predicted best by the vividness of its visual imagery, and a loss of visual memory causes a general amnesia. Examination of autobiographical memories in individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suggests that the lack of coherence often noted in memories of traumatic events is not due to a lack of coherence either of the memory itself or of the narrative that integrates the memory into the life story. Rather, making the traumatic memory central to the life story correlates positively with increased PTSD symptoms. The basic-systems approach has yielded insights into autobiographical memory's phenomenology, neuropsychology, clinical disorders, and neural basis. Copyright © 2005 American Psychological Society.
dc.relation.ispartof Current Directions in Psychological Science
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1111/j.0963-7214.2005.00339.x
dc.title A basic-systems approach to autobiographical memory
dc.type Journal article
pubs.begin-page 79
pubs.end-page 83
pubs.issue 2
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Institutes and Provost's Academic Units
pubs.organisational-group Psychology and Neuroscience
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group University Institutes and Centers
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 14


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