Autobiographical remembering and forgetting: What can hypnosis tell us?

Amanda J. Barnier*, Kevin M. Mcconkey

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Autobiographical memory can be characterized in terms of its reconstructive nature, its relationship with self-identity, and its shifting accessibility. Hypnosis research on personal memory has focused for the most part on its reconstructive nature. The authors examine selected contributions of hypnosis research to understand the nature and function of autobiographical memory and consider further ways in which hypnosis can make specific contributions to theoretical understanding and empirical inquiry into personal recollection. The authors provide some examples of research on various aspects of hypnosis and autobiographical memory and suggest particular ways for adding to the value and impact of such work. They argue that hypnosis researchers should continue to look for ways in which they can demonstrate and communicate the vigor and relevance of their work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-365
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999
Externally publishedYes


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