A methodological flaw in ‘The neural basis of flashback formation: the impact of viewing trauma’

Psychological Medicine 46 (8):1785-1786 (2016)
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In their 2013 study of traumatic flashback formation, Bourne, Mackay and Holmes raise the question of whether the propensity of a traumatic experience to produce flashbacks is determined by the emotions that are felt at the time of that experience. They suggest that it is not, but the grounds on which they make this suggestion are flawed. Further research is required. That research will need to overcome a significant methodological difficulty — one which is hard to avoid when fMRI data and introspective reports are combined in a single causal inference.

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Christopher Mole
University of British Columbia


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