The coherence of memories for trauma: evidence from posttraumatic stress disorder.
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Participants with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and participants with a trauma but without PTSD wrote narratives of their trauma and, for comparison, of the most-important and the happiest events that occurred within a year of their trauma. They then rated these three events on coherence. Based on participants' self-ratings and on naïve-observer scorings of the participants' narratives, memories of traumas were not more incoherent than the comparison memories in participants in general or in participants with PTSD. This study comprehensively assesses narrative coherence using a full two (PTSD or not) by two (traumatic event or not) design. The results are counter to most prevalent theoretical views of memory for trauma.
Life Change Events
Sense of Coherence
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1016/j.concog.2010.03.018
Publication InfoRubin, David C (2011). The coherence of memories for trauma: evidence from posttraumatic stress disorder. Conscious Cogn, 20(3). pp. 857-865. 10.1016/j.concog.2010.03.018. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/9779.
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Juanita M. Kreps Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
For .pdfs of all publications click here My main research interest has been in long-term memory, especially for complex (or "real-world") stimuli. This work includes the study of autobiographical memory