Trauma & Cognitive Science:
Book now available

image:Trauma and Cognitive Science book coverFreyd, J.J. & DePrince, A.P. (Eds.) (2001). Trauma and Cognitive Science: A Meeting of Minds, Science, and Human Experience. Published as a Special Issue of the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma and simultaneously as a book published by Haworth Press (subsequently Haworth absorbed by Routledge/ Taylor & Francis).

A volume based on the Meeting on Trauma and Cognitive Science, held July 17-19, 1998, Eugene, Oregon.

Hardback ISBN: 0789013738; Paperback ISBN: 0789013746

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Published Reviews:

“Sheds light on topics including recovered memory, the cognitive uses of disassociation, and the effects of early trauma on subsequent information processing.”

SciTech Book News [December 2001]

“A WELCOME RESOURCE for people who appreciate that false memories and recovered memories are both possible. . . . This book will interest professionals and graduate students in clinical and cognitive psychology. It will also interest classroom teachers who want some current information about a puzzling psychological phenomenon.”

Psychology of Women Quarterly [Matlin, M.W. (2002) New perspectiveson the recovered memory/false meory debate. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 26, 266-267.]


"By reading this book, clinicians and researchers alike can expect to expand their understanding of cognitive processes involved in the organization, retrieval, and processing of traumatic memories."

Association for Women in Psychology Newsletter [Quinn, K. (2002) Review of Trauma & Cognitive Science. Association for Women in Psychology Newsletter, Fall 2002, 18-19.]

Review by Judith Alpert, PhD.

"In 1998, there was an important conference on the interface of cognitive neuroscience and trauma research which brought together some of the leading researchers from cognitive science, developmental science, neuroscience, and clinical research. Together these cutting edge researchers studied the issues of processing trauma from their varying perspectives. This important book is based on that conference. It has relevance to both researchers in the fields of cognitive science and trauma research as well as to therapists.

"Underlying this important book is the belief that there are myriad ways of processing trauma and that trauma can be forgotten fully or in part. The twelve chapters focus on such issues as how and why this event takes place and on the consequences of this event. This consequential work points to future research directions and holds implications and directions for therapists as well.

"In the twelve chapters, there is application of cognitive paradigms to trauma research from various approaches. Chapter contributors include such leading researchers as van der Kolk, Pezdek, Schooler, Freyd, Bremner, Anderson, Koss, Fivush, Classen, Brewin, and Andrews as well as others. Cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience and psychological distress, healing and therapy all have a say in this outstanding volume. The research is cutting edge, represents various fields, and gives voice to both quantitative and qualitative data. The book concludes with an laudable synthesis by Brewin and Andrews in which they consider, for example, the issues of representation of traumatic events in memory, the psychological and biological theories available to explain amnesia for traumatic events, the role of therapeutic suggestion in recovered memory, the ways in which memories are recovered, the context for recovered memory, and the implications of current knowledge about trauma and memory for therapeutic treatment.

"The book bursts with intellectual vitality, collaboration, and integration. The editors should be commended for putting together a cutting-edge work which considers one of the most controversial topics in contemporary psychology, the issue of processing trauma. This multi-disciplinary and collaborative book, with its twelve packed chapters, will direct the work of researchers and clinicians in the next decade."

Review of book by Judith Alpert, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University
Faculty and Supervisor, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

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