MAY 1997, VOLUME 25, NUMBER 1, Abstract 3

RECOVERED MEMORIES: SOME CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL CHALLENGES

Peter Sheehan, University of Queensland

This article examines memory distortion in hypnosis and imbeds its significance and that of the relevant field (forensic hypnosis) into the context of international comparative data that have been collected from an analysis of the hypnotic literature in the last decade.  One issue, in particular, stands out from this analysis – recovered memories.  This finding emphasises the growing importance of the need to reconcile clinical concerns and experimental findings from the laboratory setting.  The recovered memory debate has profound theoretical, empirical and professional importance and shows up the tensions in the clinical-laboratory interface.  Preliminary data are discussed which attempt an analysis of the phenomenon in a relatively neutral fashion so to provide limited base-rate data to facilitate that interface.