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Memory and Forgetting

Brewin, CR; (2018) Memory and Forgetting. Current Psychiatry Reports , 20 , Article 87. 10.1007/s11920-018-0950-7. Green open access

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Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: I summarize recent developments in understanding the phenomenology of memory in PTSD, describe the most prominent theoretical models, and outline new forms of treatment aimed at modifying the traumatic memory. RECENT FINDINGS: Intrusive memories that have the quality of being relived in the present have been highlighted in ICD-11. Debate over whether trauma memories are disorganized has led to a distinction between global narratives that are usually well rehearsed and episodic memories of the most frightening moments when disruptions and fragmentation may occur. Attempts to prevent the initial consolidation of trauma memories have promise in prevention but face practical difficulties. Theoretical developments have led to a number of promising treatments for established PTSD including pre-retrieval propranolol and imagery rescripting. SUMMARY: Research has suggested real possibilities to improve the prevention and treatment of PTSD by modifying trauma recall even though the theoretical basis for these interventions remains controversial.

Type: Article
Title: Memory and Forgetting
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11920-018-0950-7
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11920-018-0950-7
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2018 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Psychiatry, Trauma, PTSD, Reconsolidation, Retrieval, Imagery, Therapy, POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS-DISORDER, INTRUSIVE MEMORIES, EXPOSURE THERAPY, TRAUMA, FEAR, RECONSOLIDATION, COHERENCE, IMAGERY, PROPRANOLOL
UCL classification: UCL
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: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10056166
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