Memories of a Child Refugee

Wray Herbert reports on a study to be published in Clinical Psychological Science that shows memory training to be successful in enhancing the detail of personal memories, ameliorating symptoms of depression and leading to significant improvements in the mental health of teenage refugees:

Psychological scientists have in recent years found that victims of trauma and depression lack the rich autobiographical memories that most of us have tucked away. Their memories of the past—and not just the distant past, but new memories as well—are overly general, stripped of particulars. It’s as if they don’t want to revisit the past in all its unhappy detail, so they only store away broad categories and paraphrases of experience.

Click here to read the full report on Wray’s blog, “We’re Only Human”.

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