Traumatic Memories are Not Necessarily Accurate Memories

  title={Traumatic Memories are Not Necessarily Accurate Memories},
  author={C. D. Laney and Elizabeth F Loftus},
  journal={The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={823 - 828}
  • C. Laney, E. Loftus
  • Published 1 November 2005
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Some therapists, as well as other commentators, have suggested that memories of horrific trauma are buried in the subconscious by some special process, such as repression, and are later reliably recovered. We find that the evidence provided to support this claim is flawed. Where, then, might these memory reports come from? We discuss several research paradigms that have shown that various manipulations can be used to implant false memories—including false memories for traumatic events. These… Expand

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