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When psychological Defences Break Down: Differences in Recalling Self-Threatening Information in Psychological Distress Seminar

Time:
16:00 - 17:00
Date:
8 May 2014
Venue:
Psychology Department Room 3095, Building 44 (Shackleton) Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Allyson Marchi on 02380 599645 or email A.Marchi@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

While psychological well-being is usually not associated with any particular memory problem, curiously, we do, however, tend to have difficulties in recalling information that may be regarded as self-threatening

 

While psychological well-being is usually not associated with any particular memory problem, curiously, we do, however, tend to have difficulties in recalling information that may be regarded as self-threatening. It has been suggested that this reduced recall of self-threatening information, also known as mnemic neglect, may be a form of self-protection of the ego, or possibly even an experimental correlate of Freudian repression, as well as an indicator, more generally, of experiential / cognitive / emotional avoidance. The findings of a number of studies will be presented examining mnemic neglect in several subclinical disorders that demonstrate increased recall of self-threatening information in some populations while others show enhanced forgetting compared to a nonclinical sample.

Finally, a study will be presented that suggests that mindfulness may improve recall of self-threatening information in nonclinical samples, and poses some questions about potential causes of mnemic neglect, as well as the processes that underlie mindfulness' impact on cognition.

Speaker information

Dr Jo Saunders, University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Dr Saunders joined the School in 2012 after spending 8 years at Swansea University as a Lecturer and before that as an ESRC Research Fellow at St. Andrews

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