Credibility of Asylum Claims: Consistency and Accuracy of Autobiographical Memory Reports Following Trauma


  • Commentary on ‘Just tell us what happened to you: autobiographical memory and seeking asylum’. DOI: 10.1002/acp.2852

Amina Memon, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, UK.



Herlihy and colleagues (current issue) review the literature on the characteristics of autobiographical memory in asylum seekers who are presenting evidence of their traumatic experiences in the immigration courts with a view to finding a safe haven. In this commentary, I briefly discuss how the quality of the memory report may influence reliability and credibility judgements in individuals whose memories may be subject to post-traumatic stress disorder. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.