Clinician and laboratory researcher Richard McNally challenges the ready acceptance of a notion he says goes beyond common sense, and contends that traumatic experiences are indeed unforgettable and the evidence for repressed memories is surprisingly weak.
Are horrific experiences indelibly fixed in a victim's memory? Or does the mind protect itself by banishing traumatic memories from consciousness? How victims remember trauma is the most controversial issue in psychology today, spilling out of consulting rooms and laboratories to capture headlines, rupture families, provoke legislative change, and influence criminal trials and civil suits.
This lecture is presented in collaboration with Boston Theatre Works to coincide with the world premiere of Conspiracy of Memory, a timely new drama by local playwright Steven Bogart that explores issues of aging, forgiveness, acceptance, and redemption.
BIO: Richard J. McNally
Professor McNally received his B.S. in psychology from Wayne State University in 1976 and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1982. He spent the next two years as a clinical psychology intern and postdoctoral fellow at the Behavior Therapy Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at Temple University Medical School before moving to the Chicago Medical School where he established a research and treatment clinic for anxiety disorders. He joined the Harvard faculty as Associate Professor in 1991, and was promoted to Professor in 1995. He served on the specific phobia and posttraumatic stress disorder committees of the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-IV Task Force and on the National Institute of Mental Health's consensus panels for the assessment of panic disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder.
BIO: Belle Adler
Professor Adler specializes in television news. She teaches TV News Production. TV News writing, JRN 3, and Interpreting the Day's News. She comes to the School of Journalism after many years of experience in local news where she was an investigative producer and tape editor. Most recently, she worked at CNN as a producer in the cable network's medical unit where she produced medical stories and was the show producer for a weekly medical show, "Your Health." In addition she worked as the U.N. producer for CNN during the Gulf War and worked in the San Francisco and New York bureaus as an assignment editor, producer and tape editor. Currently, she produces hour-long documentaries for cable networks such as A&E, Discovery Channel, and Animal Planet.