Let's Be Skeptical About Reconsolidation and Emotional Arousal in Therapy

Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 38, 2015

1 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2015

Date Written: October 20, 2015

Abstract

Lane et al. imply hypotheses that are questionable: that emotional arousal is a cause of positive change and reconsolidation research can be applied to therapy to alter memory. Given the history of problematic attempts to incorporate memory distortion or high emotional arousal into therapeutic techniques, both of which heralded premature optimism and hubris, I urge open-minded skepticism.

Suggested Citation

Patihis, Lawrence, Let's Be Skeptical About Reconsolidation and Emotional Arousal in Therapy (October 20, 2015). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 38, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2677025

Lawrence Patihis (Contact Author)

Portsmouth University ( email )

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