recovered memory


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to recovered memory: Repressed memories

recovered memory

(rĭ-kŭv′ərd)
n.
1. A memory of an experience, especially a traumatic one, that is recalled after an often lengthy period of repression, usually after consultation with a therapist.
2. An imagined event believed to be recalled as such a memory.

recovered memory

False memory, see there.

recovered memory

A memory recalled after having been forgotten. Recall may be the result of psychotherapy or suggestion. Not all instances of recovered memory are accurate (some are the result of suggestion).
See: false memory
See also: memory
References in periodicals archive ?
Strongly based on Holmes' (1990) research on repression, the FM position argued against the existence of repression, dissociation, and recovered memory.
It is in this context, where fantasy is seen as taking part in the multifaceted landscape of traumatic history, that the issue of incest and recovered memory is most effectively argued from a feminist point of view Thus, my departure from the terrain of incest and detour through the catastrophic histories and representations of World War II are a deliberate attempt to shift the focus from what I see as an unproductive debate on whether incest exists to a more productive inquiry into its residual effects on memory and representation in the present.
Given the existence of false memory phenomena, it is difficult to ascertain whether any specific uncorroborated recovered memory is true or false, or partly true and partly false.
16) As the public began to realize the frequency of child sexual abuse, there was an increase in the reliance on recovered memory techniques to uncover memories of past sexual abuse.
More importantly, he was the first officer from Merseyside Police to interview Diane after her recovered memory was exposed.
He blames the controversial recovered memory therapy which has since been discredited by the Royal Society of Psychiatrists.
Brian's recovered memory hits both him and us like a ton of bricks, even though many of us saw it coming--a credit to the robust performances in Arturo Catricala's taut production.
The recovered memory debate has divided professional organizations resulting in a substantial loss of membership.
PHILADELPHIA -- The recovered memory controversy of the early 1990s was revisited by panelists at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association and declared dead.
The tide of public opinion began to turn away from the uncritical acceptance of survivor stories, no matter how deeply buried or long endured they were said to be, when advocates for the accused managed to impress upon Americans that there was another side to the story: a side that could render the phenomenon of recovered memory even more tragic than first imagined.
The mis-use of Recovered Memory Therapy -- where patients allegadly recover buried memories of sexual or satanic abuse (often with dramatic legal consequences), is easy to criticise.
Affirming, the appellate court acknowledged that in light of the substantial body of evidence showing that many recovered memory claims are false, there is a temptation to allow parents damaged by the "damning horror" of these claims to sue for professional negligence.