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Understanding the brain under attack, and implications for justice and healing.
Jim Hopper, Ph.D.
Stress and trauma have time-dependent effects on the hippocampus and memory, not just enhancing central over peripheral details, but eventually leading to a minimal-encoding phase.
Incomplete memories of sexual assault, including those with huge gaps, are understandable—if we learn the basics of how memory works and we genuinely listen to survivors.
Not victim blaming, not just physical skills, but proven ways to resist assault and coercion, especially habits of owning sexual desires, values, and rights.
Understanding the neurobiology of freezing can be very helpful – in making sense of one’s own experiences, supporting others, and investigating or prosecuting.
A misleading article in the Atlantic provides an opportunity to clarify key facts about the well-established neurobiology of stress and trauma.
We need to know this circuitry and its impacts, even if it doesn’t sound as cool as “amygdala.”
Is the brain’s response to being attacked basically the same, whether the attack is a sexual assault, physical assault, or enemy fire in military combat?
Jim Hopper, Ph.D., is an expert in psychological trauma. He is an independent consultant and a teaching associate at Harvard Medical School.