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A cognitive neuroscience account of posttraumatic stress disorder and its treatment

Brewin, CR; (2001) A cognitive neuroscience account of posttraumatic stress disorder and its treatment. BEHAV RES THER , 39 (4) 373 - 393.

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Abstract

Recent research in the areas of animal conditioning, the neural systems underlying emotion and memory, and the effect of fear on these systems is reviewed. This evidence points to an important distinction between hippocampally-dependent and non-hippocampally-dependent forms of memory that are differentially affected by extreme stress. The cognitive science perspective is related to a recent model of posttraumatic stress disorder, dual representation theory, that also posits separate memory systems underlying vivid reexperiencing versus ordinary autobiographical memories of trauma. This view is compared with other accounts in the literature of traumatic memory processes in PTSD, and the contrasting implications for therapy are discussed. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: A cognitive neuroscience account of posttraumatic stress disorder and its treatment
Keywords: MEMORY CONSOLIDATION, RETROGRADE-AMNESIA, TRAUMATIC MEMORIES, EPISODIC MEMORY, VIOLENT CRIME, HIPPOCAMPUS, MODEL, FEAR, ORGANIZATION, INFORMATION
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/11533
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