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Unformatted text preview: EVALUATING RECOVERED MEMORIES OF ABUSE • The phenomena of specific amnesia – Motivated forgetting of particular episodes or life periods – Otherwise “normal” psyche – Contrast to other psychogenic amnesias • The Epidemic of recovered memories – JAMA focus on “battered child syndrome” (1962) – Michelle Remembers episodes of satanic ritual abuse (SRA) (1980) – The Courage to Heal (Bass & Davis): if you think you were abused, and can’t remember, you probably were (1988) – False Memory Syndrome Foundation formed (1990) – The Memory Wars (Crews ) chronicles “coercive methods” of therapists (1995) • The Therapists’ case: – Confirmed cases of “recovered” memories (e.g., Ross Cheit’s camp days) – Survey suggests at least some (10%) of adult women have no recollection of episodes of abuse (Williams, 1995) – No evidence that “therapy alone” can cause false memories of abuse – Lab evidence of false memories aren’t relevant – Why should a patient falsely remember such awful and stressful events? •...
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2011 for the course EXP 4504 taught by Professor Fischler during the Fall '07 term at University of Florida.
- Fall '07