What is it about?

Traumatic memories were richer in sensory characteristics, more vivid, and generally more detailed; the emotions associated with traumatic episodes were more intense and played a key role in recall, as did recurrent thoughts and discussion of events and post-event autobiographical memories.

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Why is it important?

Traumatic memories are more complex than non-traumatic ones given their more sensory and analogical nature, which can also undermine accuracy of recall.


This work was part of the research project Psychosocial needs in refugees and asylum seekers. We would like to thank the invaluable collaboration of the surveyors that worked in the Gaza Strip and took part in the study.

Antonio L. Manzanero
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

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This page is a summary of: Between happiness and sorrow: Phenomenal characteristics of autobiographical memories concerning war episodes and positive events in the Gaza Strip, Memory Studies, December 2018, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1750698018818221.
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