Computer Game Play Reduces Intrusive Memories of Experimental Trauma via Reconsolidation-Update Mechanisms

@inproceedings{James2015ComputerGP,
  title={Computer Game Play Reduces Intrusive Memories of Experimental Trauma via Reconsolidation-Update Mechanisms},
  author={Ella L. James and Michael B. Bonsall and Laura Hoppitt and Elizabeth M. Tunbridge and John R. Geddes and Amy L Milton and Emily A. Holmes},
  booktitle={Psychological science},
  year={2015}
}
Memory of a traumatic event becomes consolidated within hours. Intrusive memories can then flash back repeatedly into the mind's eye and cause distress. We investigated whether reconsolidation-the process during which memories become malleable when recalled-can be blocked using a cognitive task and whether such an approach can reduce these unbidden intrusions. We predicted that reconsolidation of a reactivated visual memory of experimental trauma could be disrupted by engaging in a visuospatial… CONTINUE READING

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