A Neuroscience Perspective
Keywords:Amygdala, Hippocampus, Prefrontal Cortex, Traumatic memories, Neuroscience, Therapeutic Relationship, Attunement
AbstractIn this paper, a detailed description of formation of memory based on neuroscience is given. Different types of memories are reviewed, and definitions of repressed memories and dissociated memories are introduced. Formation of dissociated memories, as well as mechanisms of repression of memory, based on recent fMRI studies and neuroscience research, are discussed. It is argued that traumatic memories frequently have dissociated aspects and repressed aspects. It is concluded and shown, based on recent research in neuroscience, that regardless of the nature of traumatic memories, a very important factor in treatment of trauma is the attuned therapist and the therapeutic relationship. Finally, two case studies are presented to highlight the arguments set forth in this paper.
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