Unchained Memories: True Stories of Traumatic Memories, Lost and Found

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Overview

Can a long-forgotten memory of a horrible event suddenly resurface years later? How can we know whether a memory is true or false? Seven spellbinding cases shed light on why it is rare for a reclaimed memory to be wholly false. Here are unforgettable true stories of what happens when people remember what they’ve tried to forget—plus one case of genuine false memory. In the best detective-story fashion, using her insights as a psychiatrist and the latest research on the mind and the brain, Lenore Terr helps us separate truth from fiction.

Child psychiatrist Terr offers an important book on the cutting edge of the false memory syndrome issue. Seven cases, some taken from Terr's own experience as an expert witness, shed light on why it is rare for a repressed memory to be wholly false. These stories offer a wealth of information on the nature of memory.

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
A pivotal work.
Boston Globe
A must read for anyone interested in the debate over whether adults can recover traumatic memories.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Memory expert Terr's study of five cases of repressed memory offers a ``broad, balanced view of the topic'' said PW last year. Mar.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465095391
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 876,365
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Lenore Terr, M.D., is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the winner of the Blanche Ittleson Award for her research on childhood trauma.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    Excellent and Informative

    I finished the book yesterday and my copy is now highlighted and bookmarked. This book is a compelling read on trauma and its effects on memory. Terr writes about her interviews and court cases with several adults abused and/or traumatized as children. The cases are fascinating and dispersed throughout the book are studies, findings, and a great deal of information about how the mind works and what happens to thoughts and memories when trauma surrounds them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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