Chapter 13. Exploring Involuntary Recall in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder from an Information Processing Perspective

Intrusive Images of Trauma

  1. John H. Mace
  1. Julie Krans1,
  2. Marcella L. Woud1,
  3. Gérard Näring1,
  4. Eni S. Becker1 and
  5. Emily A. Holmes2

Published Online: 21 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328202.ch13

Act of Remembering, The

Act of Remembering, The

How to Cite

Krans, J., Woud, M. L., Näring, G., Becker, E. S. and Holmes, E. A. (2010) Exploring Involuntary Recall in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder from an Information Processing Perspective, in Act of Remembering, The (ed J. H. Mace), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328202.ch13

Editor Information

  1. Psychology Department, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Clinical Psychology, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 17 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405189040

Online ISBN: 9781444328202



  • theories of abnormal remembering;
  • exploring involuntary recall in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - from information processing perspective, intrusive images of trauma;
  • recalling the past, valuable - and characteristically human quality;
  • trauma memory reconstruction - intrusive for mugging victim;
  • PTSD, anxiety disorder - in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders;
  • PTSD, featuring striking memory phenomena;
  • information processing theories of PTSD;
  • exploring peri-traumatic processing;
  • information processing perspective - on involuntary recall after psychological trauma;
  • autobiographical memory, a personal identity - and a life story to tell


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • PTSD Theories

  • Empirical Investigations of Intrusive Trauma Memories

  • Conclusions and Discussion

  • References