Infancy paper 5

Somaticsomatosensory memory is also very relevant to

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Unformatted text preview: etc…(Paley, & Alpert, 2003). Since newborns and infants generally have poor communication skills, this type of memory presentation is prevalent and extremely telling of their traumatic experiences. ‘Somatic­somatosensory memory’ is also very relevant to newborns and infants “who may perceive trauma predominantly as concrete sensory perceptions. Automatic responses, such as freezing or startling, have been shown to be proceeded differently than are complex appraisals of threat or danger contingent on neural maturation, learning, and language.” (Paley, & Alpert, 2003). Such memory presentations are often triggered by experiences that are similar to the original traumatic stimuli (Paley, & Alpert, 2003). It is important to note that infant memories of traumatic experiences are often represented or expressed in later years. For example, the meta analysis cites a description of a boy who was physically and sexually abused at 3­12 weeks of age and who exhibited bowl difficulties and resisted any examination of his body at 5.8 years of...
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