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Published: 10 April 2008

432 Pages | 50 halftones, 100 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195308457

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Stress, Trauma, and Children's Memory Development

Neurobiological, Cognitive, Clinical, and Legal Perspectives

Edited by Mark L. Howe, Gail S. Goodman, and Dante Cicchetti

Few questions in developmental psychology have received as much international debate as those concerning the impact of childhood trauma on memory. A lack of scientific research to constrain theory has fueled debates about questions such as whether childhood trauma leads to deficits in memory, including a greater propensity for errors of commission (e.g., 'false memory') or errors of omission (e.g., 'lost memory'), and whether increases in cortisol subsequent to childhood trauma are associated with changes in memory, given the potential of cortisol to enhance consolidation, or, in higher quantities, to produce hippocampal damage. Moreover, scientists have struggled with how to conceptualize and measure distress and other negative emotions, for instance, in terms of discrete emotions (fear, anger, sadness), physiological responsivity (e.g., cortisol), and observer ratings. In order to most effectively answer these kinds of questions, Howe, Goodman, and Cicchetti have brought together the most recent and innovative research by scientists such as Teicher, Gould, Bremner, Quas, Bauer, Ornstein, Dalgleish, Lamb, Brainerd, and Reyna. This book goes beyond simply examining the effects of stressful and traumatic experiences on a child's memory to examine the long-term impact of such experiences on the course of 'normal' memory development. It also highlights the consequences of early traumatic experiences for subsequent memory functioning, the longevity of trauma memories formed early in life, and their relationship to other cognitive and clinical measures of childhood performance. It is an invaluable resource for student and professional researchers in developmental, cognitive, and clinical psychology.


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