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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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