Resolving repression Academic Article uri icon


  • The feuding factions of the memory wars, that is, those concerned with the validity of recovered memories versus those concerned with false memories, are unified by Erdelyi's theory of repression. Evidence shows suppression, inhibition, and retrieval blocking can have profound yet reversible effects on a memory's accessibility, and deserve as prominent a role in the recovered memory debate as evidence of false memories. Erdelyi's theory shows that both inhibitory and elaborative processes cooperate to keep unwanted memories out of consciousness.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Smith, S. M.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Smith, Steven M

publication date

  • December 2006