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Understanding the brain under attack, and implications for justice and healing.
Jim Hopper, Ph.D. on February 12, 2021
Adding "freeze" can't salvage a phrase that harms sexual assault survivors.
Jim Hopper, Ph.D. on October 6, 2018
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.
Jim Hopper, Ph.D. on September 28, 2018
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.
Jim Hopper, Ph.D. on September 5, 2018
Not victim blaming, not just physical skills, but proven ways to resist assault and coercion, especially habits of owning sexual desires, values, and rights.
Jim Hopper, Ph.D. on April 3, 2018
Understanding the neurobiology of freezing can be very helpful in making sense of one’s own experiences, supporting others, and investigating or prosecuting.
Jim Hopper, Ph.D. on January 22, 2018
A misleading article provides an opportunity to clarify key facts about the well-established neurobiology of stress and trauma.
Jim Hopper, Ph.D. on December 19, 2017
We need to know this circuitry and its impacts, even if it doesn’t sound as cool as “amygdala.”
Jim Hopper, Ph.D. on December 14, 2017
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?