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Clinical Depression – Contributions to Psychological Knowledge

Professor Tim Dalgleish, lead of the Cognition Emotion and Mental Health Programme received an Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge. Professor Dalgleish work focused mostly on clinical depression and post traumatic stress disorder. He conducted a number of experiments to understand the process of memory and emotion regulation. He looked at the imbalance in affective disorder sufferers of memory where access to specific emotional events is diminished while access to summaries of past negative experiences is enhanced. These imbalances create difficulties because ready access to specific memories appears critical fro problem solving, planning, social discourse and emotional regulation. Reduced memory specificity is therefore seen as a driving force in the maintenance of disorders such as depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Professor Dalgleish explored the utility of systematic practice in recalling detailed and specific recollections as a potential treatment for depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is one of the techniques available in cognitive behavioural therapy.

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