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A range of memory possibilities: The challenge of the false memory debate for clinicians and researchers

Madill, A. and Holch, P. (2004) A range of memory possibilities: The challenge of the false memory debate for clinicians and researchers. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 11 (5). pp. 299-310. ISSN 1099-0879

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The aim of this article is to present a succinct review and evaluation of the main areas of contention in the false memory debate and, from this basis, to suggest ways in which the best from both sides can be utilised. We examine the potential pitfalls of therapy in terms of the fallibility and suggestibility of autobiographical memory and therapists and therapeutic techniques as the architects of false memories. We then evaluate the case for false memory formation examining if some researchers hold misconceived views of psychotherapy, if experimental studies lack ecological validity, and the effect of trauma on memory. Finally, we explore how the potential pitfalls of therapy can be avoided in practice, reflecting on the usefulness of British Psychological Society guidelines, how clinicians can implement research findings, and how research on the false memory debate can be improved. We conclude that the way forward is researcher-clinician collaboration in the development of ecologically valid research paradigms.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Psychology (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 18:47
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cpp.378
Status: Published
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1002/cpp.378
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1497

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