What is it about?
Intrusive memories of traumatic scenes springing to mind after trauma can be distressing. We showed that intrusive memories can be modified without affecting our ability to voluntarily remember the trauma, and this beneficial effect can be achieved with a brief intervention involving a computer game.
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Why is it important?
It is desirable that interventions are able to reduce distressing aspects of a trauma memory - its intrusiveness - but leaving trauma memory intact, so that for example a trauma victim can still deliberately recall the trauma to report in court.
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This page is a summary of: Intrusive memories and voluntary memory of a trauma film: Differential effects of a cognitive interference task after encoding., Journal of Experimental Psychology General, April 2019, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/xge0000598.
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