Monday, March 5, 2007

Was Repressed Memory a 19th-Century Creation

This Washington Post article by Shankar Vedantam ran in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
when researchers recently mounted an exhaustive effort to find examples of trauma-related amnesia in literary works before the 19th century, they drew a blank. If repressed memories are one way the brain deals with painful memories, why would there be no literary examples of the phenomenon that are more than 200 years old?

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