Allegiance and Childhood Narratives

The reason why allegiance become so important in children is that the narrative of the family fundamentally determines how a child (and the parents, too, but certainly the parents) sees his or her own self fitting within the larger framework of adult society.  As Alice Miller writes in The Gifted Child, “I had completed two…

Memory Keeping and Ideological Resistance: Constructing Intimate Social Narratives

Berlant’s intimate publics and Perreault’s autography can both be seen as stages of memory keeping.  But memories carry historical and ideological weight – thus, “memory” is inherently rhetorical and political.  Memories of the past are incorporated into the cultural metanarrative of group identity, and these memories shift with time as the metanarrative “recall” adapts the…

Memory and Freewriting – How We Integrate Reading into Research and the Classroom

In writing these blog posts, I find that I’m not doing the kind of simultaneous reading and quoting that I imagined I would be doing. Instead, I find myself doing free association, drawing in examples from memory that I’ve read over the past few years (or longer).  Clearly, the brain (as a technology) is capable…

Ella L. James et al. – “Computer Game Play Reduces Intrusive Memories of Experimental Trauma via Reconsolidation-Update Mechanisms”

James, Ella L., et al.  “Computer Game Play Reduces Intrusive Memories of Experimental Trauma via Reconsolidation-Update Mechanisms.”  Pychologicall Science (2015): 1-15.  Sage.  Web.  21 July 2015. Yes – Tetris can apparently help with symptoms of trauma by interrupting visual recall of traumatic events, thus helped avert recurring memories.  But this also may tie in with Ruth…

Rush Williams et al. – “Borderline Personality Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma: Analysis of Previous Traumatization and Current Psychiatric Presentation”

Williams, Rush, et al.  “Borderline Personality Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma: Analysis of Previous Traumatization and Current Psychiatric Presentation.”  Journal of Interpersonal Violence (2015): 1-14.  Sage.  Web.  21 July 2015. From the Abstract: …veterans with comorbid MST[military sexual trauma]-related PTSD and BPD [Borderline Personality Disorder] had significantly greater PTSD criterion B (avoidance) symptoms, depressive symptomatology, and…

Axmacher et al. – “Natural Memory Beyond The Storage Model: Repression, Trauma, And The Construction Of A Personal Past.”

Axmacher, Nikolai, et al. “Natural Memory Beyond The Storage Model: Repression, Trauma, And The Construction Of A Personal Past.” Frontiers In Human Neuroscience 4.(n.d.): Science Citation Index. Web. 4 Oct. 2014. From the Abstract: Furthermore, these paradigms ignore that memory distortions due to repression or dissociation are most accurately characterized by a lack of self-referential processing,…