The illusion of repressed memory

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (5):515-516 (2006)

Erdelyi's unified theory includes the idea that traumatic memories can be unconsciously repressed so that they are enduringly inaccessible to deliberate recall. I argue here that clinical evidence for repressed memory is illusory, and illustrate this claim by examining previous studies of putative repressed memories and also recent research on nonverbal behaviors among survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
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DOI 10.1017/s0140525x06259119
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