A New Solution to the Recovered Memory Debate

@article{McNally2009ANS,
  title={A New Solution to the Recovered Memory Debate},
  author={Richard J McNally and Elke Geraerts},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={4},
  pages={126 - 134}
}
The controversy regarding recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) has been characterized by two perspectives. According to one perspective, some people repress their memories of abuse because these experiences have been so emotionally traumatic, and they become capable of recalling the CSA only when it is psychologically safe to do so many years later. According to the other perspective, many reports of recovered memories of sexual abuse are false memories, often inadvertently… Expand
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