Trauma projects

Assessment and modification of trauma-relevant, cognitive processes

Posttraumatic stress symptoms are associated with and influenced by various types of trauma-relevant cognitive processes. For example, a functional versus dysfunctional appraisal style post-trauma may decrease versus increase symptoms of posttraumatic stress, and the same is true when processing trauma-relevant information in a verbal versus visual mode.

This research line involves both online and lab-based approaches in healthy, at risk, and clinical samples to systematically investigate the role of various cognitive processing styles as a correlate and predictor of posttraumatic stress symptoms. Experimental designs are also used, manipulating cognitive processing styles and testing the effects of these manipulations on trauma symptoms such as intrusive memories.