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Computer Game Play Reduces Intrusive Memories of Experimental Trauma via Reconsolidation-Update Mechanisms.

James EL, Bonsall MB, Hoppitt L, Tunbridge EM, Geddes JR, Milton AL, Holmes EA - Psychol Sci (2015)

Bottom Line: Memory of a traumatic event becomes consolidated within hours.Intrusive memories can then flash back repeatedly into the mind's eye and cause distress.A simple, noninvasive cognitive-task procedure administered after emotional memory has already consolidated (i.e., > 24 hours after exposure to experimental trauma) may prevent the recurrence of intrusive memories of those emotional events.

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Affiliation: Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.

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Results from Experiment 1: mean number of intrusive memories recorded in the diary during the first 24 hr following viewing of the experimental trauma film (i.e., preintervention; a), mean number of intrusive memories recorded in the diary totaled over the 7-day period after the intervention (b), and mean score on the intrusion-provocation task on Day 7 (c). In each graph, results are shown separately for the two groups. Asterisks indicate a significant difference between groups (**p < .001). Error bars represent +1 SEM.
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fig1-0956797615583071: Results from Experiment 1: mean number of intrusive memories recorded in the diary during the first 24 hr following viewing of the experimental trauma film (i.e., preintervention; a), mean number of intrusive memories recorded in the diary totaled over the 7-day period after the intervention (b), and mean score on the intrusion-provocation task on Day 7 (c). In each graph, results are shown separately for the two groups. Asterisks indicate a significant difference between groups (**p < .001). Error bars represent +1 SEM.

Mentions: As expected, prior to the intervention (at baseline: Day 0), we confirmed that the two groups experienced a similar number of intrusive memories of the film in daily life, t(50) = 0.06, p = .95 (Fig. 1a).


Computer Game Play Reduces Intrusive Memories of Experimental Trauma via Reconsolidation-Update Mechanisms.

James EL, Bonsall MB, Hoppitt L, Tunbridge EM, Geddes JR, Milton AL, Holmes EA - Psychol Sci (2015)

Results from Experiment 1: mean number of intrusive memories recorded in the diary during the first 24 hr following viewing of the experimental trauma film (i.e., preintervention; a), mean number of intrusive memories recorded in the diary totaled over the 7-day period after the intervention (b), and mean score on the intrusion-provocation task on Day 7 (c). In each graph, results are shown separately for the two groups. Asterisks indicate a significant difference between groups (**p < .001). Error bars represent +1 SEM.
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fig1-0956797615583071: Results from Experiment 1: mean number of intrusive memories recorded in the diary during the first 24 hr following viewing of the experimental trauma film (i.e., preintervention; a), mean number of intrusive memories recorded in the diary totaled over the 7-day period after the intervention (b), and mean score on the intrusion-provocation task on Day 7 (c). In each graph, results are shown separately for the two groups. Asterisks indicate a significant difference between groups (**p < .001). Error bars represent +1 SEM.
Mentions: As expected, prior to the intervention (at baseline: Day 0), we confirmed that the two groups experienced a similar number of intrusive memories of the film in daily life, t(50) = 0.06, p = .95 (Fig. 1a).

Bottom Line: Memory of a traumatic event becomes consolidated within hours.Intrusive memories can then flash back repeatedly into the mind's eye and cause distress.A simple, noninvasive cognitive-task procedure administered after emotional memory has already consolidated (i.e., > 24 hours after exposure to experimental trauma) may prevent the recurrence of intrusive memories of those emotional events.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus