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Can playing the computer game 'Tetris' reduce the build-up of flashbacks for trauma? A proposal from cognitive science

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Background: Flashbacks are the hallmark symptom of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Although we have successful treatments for full-blown PTSD, early interventions are lacking. We propose the utility of developing a 'cognitive vaccine' to prevent PTSD flashback development following exposure to trauma. Our theory is based on two key findngs: 1) Cognitive science suggests that the brain has selective resources with limited capacity; 2) The neurobiology of memory suggests a 6-hr window to ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Psychiatry
Research group:
Experimental Psychopathology and Cognitive Therapy Research group
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Psychiatry
Research group:
Experimental Psychopathology and Cognitive Therapy Research group
Role:
Author
More by this author
Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Psychiatry
Role:
Author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Psychiatry
Research group:
Experimental Psychopathology and Cognitive Therapy Research group
Role:
Author

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"King's College London, UK"
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Royal Society
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Holmes, E
Publisher:
Public Library of Science
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PLoS ONE More from this journal
Volume:
4
Issue:
1
Article number:
e4153
Publication date:
2009-01-01
DOI:
EISSN:
1932-6203
Language:
English
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Deposit date:
2009-04-30

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