Autobiographical Memory and Chronic Pain

Wright, Judith ORCID: and Morley, Stephen (1995) Autobiographical Memory and Chronic Pain. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 34 (2). pp. 255-265. ISSN 0144-6657

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The influence of chronic pain on the recall of autobiographical memories of pain and non-pain events was examined. Eleven chronic pain patients and 11 age- and sex-matched control subjects retrieved autobiographical memories to neutral and pain-related cue words. Patients and controls retrieved equal numbers of memories, but pain subjects retrieved more memories incorporating elements of physical pain. Analysis of the content of these memories revealed that patients and controls recalled equal numbers of memories of themselves and other people in acute pain and that the difference observed was attributable to the pain patients recalling memories of themselves in chronic pain. Memories of pain were recalled significantly faster than non-pain memories. The results are discussed with reference to the possible biasing effects of pain state on memory and the schematic processing of pain memories.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2015 22:24
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 00:52
DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8260.1995.tb01460.x

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