Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Skeptic's Dictionary on Repressed Memory

Skeptic's Dictionary:
Psychologist Lenore Terr, a defender of repressed memory therapy, argues that repression occurs for repeated or multiple traumas, such as a repeatedly abused child. Schacter notes that "hundreds of studies have shown that repetition of information leads to improved memory, not loss of memory, for that information." He also notes that people who have experienced repeated traumas in war, even children, generally remember their experiences. A person who suffers a great trauma often finds that she cannot get the event out of her mind or dreams. Terr's theory is that the child becomes practiced at repression to banish the awful events from awareness, and forgetting might aid in the child's survival. Her dissociative theory, however, is based on speculation rather than scientific evidence.

See the still-sparse authority on repressed memory in the node on repressed memory in Spindle Law's evidence module.

See also cases collected in the Advanced Evidence web site.


The dynamic evidence page

It's here (more or less): the law of evidence on Spindle Law. See also this post.

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