Response to Karon and Widener (1997)

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Abstract

Contrary to claims by B. P. Karon and A. J. Widener (1997), the literature they cited from the WWI and WWII era fails to support the reality of repression of traumatic memories. K. Diven's (1937) experiment demonstrated that unpleasant experiences are in fact more memorable, whereas the case studies by C. Fisher (1945), by A. Kardiner (1941/1953), and by R. R. Grinker and J. P. Spiegel (1945/1963) used hypnosis, barbiturates, or leading techniques, all of which are likely to produce confabulations.

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