Reconstructive memory bias in recall of neuropsychological symptomatology

Robin C. Hilsabeck, Wm Drew Gouvier, John F. Bolter

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Subjective recall of symptoms among nonlitigants with closed-head and back injuries and non-injured participants with high and low levels of life stressors was evaluated. All participants completed a demographic questionnaire, the Brief Symptom Inventory, and a symptom checklist. Recall of symptoms by participants with closed-head and back injuries was consistent with perceptions of being worse now than they were before their injuries. The results further suggest that these participants tend to overestimate the actual degree of change that has taken place by recalling fewer pre-injury symptoms than control participants. In addition, participants with closed- head injuries, but not with back injuries, showed significantly higher levels of symptom endorsement now than controls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-338
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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