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  1. Roesler C. A narratological methodology for identifying archetypal story patterns in autobiographical narratives. J Anal Psychol. 2006;51:574-86 pubmed
    ..On the other hand it shows that Jungian concepts can be investigated through established and well defined research methods in empirical research settings. ..
  2. Daselaar S, Rice H, Greenberg D, Cabeza R, LaBar K, Rubin D. The spatiotemporal dynamics of autobiographical memory: neural correlates of recall, emotional intensity, and reliving. Cereb Cortex. 2008;18:217-29 pubmed
    ..The findings indicate dynamic recruitment of emotion-, memory-, and sensory-related brain regions during remembering and their dissociable contributions to phenomenological features of the memories. ..
  3. Hacking I. Autistic autobiography. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2009;364:1467-73 pubmed publisher
    ..There is no such discourse for autism, because Köhler's phenomena are absent. But a new discourse is being made up right now, i.e. ways of talking for which the autobiographies serve as working prototypes. ..
  4. Hermans D, Defranc A, Raes F, Williams J, Eelen P. Reduced autobiographical memory specificity as an avoidant coping style. Br J Clin Psychol. 2005;44:583-9 pubmed
    ..These correlations remained when corrected for number of omissions. The results provide further evidence for the affect-regulating quality of autobiographical memory specificity. ..
  5. Spinhoven P, Bockting C, Schene A, Koeter M, Wekking E, Williams J. Autobiographical memory in the euthymic phase of recurrent depression. J Abnorm Psychol. 2006;115:590-600 pubmed
    ..The results suggest that memory specificity may reflect a global cognitive impairment that remains in patients who (formerly) had depression but does not constitute a trait marker for vulnerability for relapse/recurrence. ..
  6. Raes F, Hermans D, Williams J, Beyers W, Brunfaut E, Eelen P. Reduced autobiographical memory specificity and rumination in predicting the course of depression. J Abnorm Psychol. 2006;115:699-704 pubmed
    ..Further mediation analyses indeed revealed support for rumination as a mediator of the relation between reduced AM specificity and poor outcome of depression. ..
  7. Crane C, Barnhofer T, Mark J, Williams G. Cue self-relevance affects autobiographical memory specificity in individuals with a history of major depression. Memory. 2007;15:312-23 pubmed
  8. Svoboda E, McKinnon M, Levine B. The functional neuroanatomy of autobiographical memory: a meta-analysis. Neuropsychologia. 2006;44:2189-208 pubmed
    ..Finally, emotional events produced a shift in lateralization of the AM network with activation observed in emotion-centered regions and deactivation (or lack of activation) observed in regions associated with cognitive processes. ..
  9. Spinhoven P, Bockting C, Kremers I, Schene A, Mark J, Williams G. The endorsement of dysfunctional attitudes is associated with an impaired retrieval of specific autobiographical memories in response to matching cues. Memory. 2007;15:324-38 pubmed
    ..These results suggest that an impaired retrieval of specific memories may be the result of certain cues activating generic, higher-order mental representations. ..

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  1. Kuyken W, Howell R, Dalgleish T. Overgeneral autobiographical memory in depressed adolescents with, versus without, a reported history of trauma. J Abnorm Psychol. 2006;115:387-96 pubmed
    ..Among depressed adolescents who reported a history of trauma, more severe posttraumatic stress symptoms were associated with less overgenerality. Possible accounts of these findings are suggested. ..
  2. McKeown J, Clarke A, Repper J. Life story work in health and social care: systematic literature review. J Adv Nurs. 2006;55:237-47 pubmed
    ..Although appraising literature from a range of approaches is complex, there are some potentially far-reaching benefits of life story work in health and social care practice. ..
  3. Cabeza R, St Jacques P. Functional neuroimaging of autobiographical memory. Trends Cogn Sci. 2007;11:219-27 pubmed
    ..The rapid development of innovative methods for eliciting personal memories in the scanner provides the opportunity to delve into the functional neuroanatomy of our personal past. ..
  4. Williams J, Barnhofer T, Crane C, Herman D, Raes F, Watkins E, et al. Autobiographical memory specificity and emotional disorder. Psychol Bull. 2007;133:122-48 pubmed
  5. Raes F, Hermans D, Williams J, Demyttenaere K, Sabbe B, Pieters G, et al. Reduced specificity of autobiographical memory: a mediator between rumination and ineffective social problem-solving in major depression?. J Affect Disord. 2005;87:331-5 pubmed
    ..Results offer support for the idea that lack of autobiographical memory specificity mediates the known relationship between rumination and poor problem-solving. ..
  6. Addis D, Wong A, Schacter D. Remembering the past and imagining the future: common and distinct neural substrates during event construction and elaboration. Neuropsychologia. 2007;45:1363-77 pubmed
    ..This striking neural overlap is consistent with findings that amnesic patients exhibit deficits in both past and future thinking, and confirms that the episodic system contributes importantly to imagining the future. ..
  7. Peeters F, Wessel I, Merckelbach H, Boon Vermeeren M. Autobiographical memory specificity and the course of major depressive disorder. Compr Psychiatry. 2002;43:344-50 pubmed
    ..Autobiographical memory dysfunction in depression appears to be stable over time, is related to short-term prognosis in depression, and may act as a vulnerability factor that influences the long-term course of depressive disorders. ..
  8. Dalgeish T, Spinks H, Yiend J, Kuyken W. Autobiographical memory style in seasonal affective disorder and its relationship to future symptom remission. J Abnorm Psychol. 2001;110:335-40 pubmed
  9. Startup M, Heard H, Swales M, Jones B, Williams J, Jones R. Autobiographical memory and parasuicide in borderline personality disorder. Br J Clin Psychol. 2001;40:113-20 pubmed
    ..Over-general autobiographical recall may help to protect borderline individuals from parasuicidal acts by helping them to avoid distressing memories. ..
  10. Van Vreeswijk M, De Wilde E. Autobiographical memory specificity, psychopathology, depressed mood and the use of the Autobiographical Memory Test: a meta-analysis. Behav Res Ther. 2004;42:731-43 pubmed
    ..The way of presenting cues, audio taping responses and the maximum available amount of time to respond, are moderators of AMT performance. ..
  11. Nelson K, Fivush R. The emergence of autobiographical memory: a social cultural developmental theory. Psychol Rev. 2004;111:486-511 pubmed
  12. Wenzel A, Jackson L, Holt C. Social phobia and the recall of autobiographical memories. Depress Anxiety. 2002;15:186-9 pubmed
    ..It is suggested that memory biases toward threat are not a prominent part of cognitive symptoms that characterize individuals with social phobia. ..
  13. Maguire E. Neuroimaging studies of autobiographical event memory. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2001;356:1441-51 pubmed
    ..These include assessing the functionality of damaged tissue in patients and the estimation of inter-regional communication (effective connectivity) between relevant brain regions. ..
  14. Raes F, Hermans D, Williams J, Eelen P. Autobiographical memory specificity and emotional abuse. Br J Clin Psychol. 2005;44:133-8 pubmed
    ..Results provide evidence for an association between trauma (emotional abuse) and reduced memory specificity, and suggest that receiving support following the abuse might protect individuals from developing over-general memory. ..
  15. Iqbal Z, Birchwood M, Hemsley D, Jackson C, Morris E. Autobiographical memory and post-psychotic depression in first episode psychosis. Br J Clin Psychol. 2004;43:97-104 pubmed
    ..05; effect size = 1.05) and a heightened awareness of the diagnosis. Our findings raise the possibility that anomalies of psychosocial development may confer vulnerability to depression in psychosis. ..
  16. Kremers I, Spinhoven P, Van der Does A. Autobiographical memory in depressed and non-depressed patients with borderline personality disorder. Br J Clin Psychol. 2004;43:17-29 pubmed
    ..Trauma, intrusions, avoidance of intrusions and dissociation seem to be unrelated to the specificity of autobiographical memories in borderline personality disorder. ..
  17. Mackinger H, Leibetseder M, Kunz Dorfer A, Fartacek R, Whitworth A, Feldinger F. Autobiographical memory predicts the course of depression during detoxification therapy in alcohol dependent men. J Affect Disord. 2004;78:61-5 pubmed
    ..As a practical consequence, AM can assist the physician with the decision for concomittant antidepressive therapy during detoxification and rehabilitation of alcohol dependent men. ..
  18. Ryan L, Nadel L, Keil K, Putnam K, Schnyer D, Trouard T, et al. Hippocampal complex and retrieval of recent and very remote autobiographical memories: evidence from functional magnetic resonance imaging in neurologically intact people. Hippocampus. 2001;11:707-14 pubmed
    ..The results support the notion that the hippocampal complex participates in retention and recovery of even very old autobiographical memories, and place boundary conditions on theories of memory consolidation. ..
  19. Wessel I, Meeren M, Peeters F, Arntz A, Merckelbach H. Correlates of autobiographical memory specificity: the role of depression, anxiety and childhood trauma. Behav Res Ther. 2001;39:409-21 pubmed
    ..Memory specificity was not related to AD diagnosis, recovered MDD, or self-rated depression severity. The present findings cast doubts on theories that emphasize the role of childhood trauma in overgeneral autobiographical memory. ..
  20. Reichman S, Leonard C, Mintz T, Kaizer C, Lisner Kerbel H. Compiling life history resources for older adults in institutions: development of a guide. J Gerontol Nurs. 2004;30:20-8; quiz 55-6 pubmed
  21. Singer J. Narrative identity and meaning making across the adult lifespan: an introduction. J Pers. 2004;72:437-59 pubmed
  22. Fivush R, Nelson K. Culture and language in the emergence of autobiographical memory. Psychol Sci. 2004;15:573-7 pubmed
  23. Kangas M, Henry J, Bryant R. A prospective study of autobiographical memory and posttraumatic stress disorder following cancer. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2005;73:293-9 pubmed
    ..These findings accord with propositions that retrieval of distressing memories is guided by current self-image and attitude toward one's future. ..
  24. Mackinger H, Pachinger M, Leibetseder M, Fartacek R. Autobiographical memories in women remitted from major depression. J Abnorm Psychol. 2000;109:331-4 pubmed
    ..These findings support the assumption that AM is a correlate and a consequence of depression. ..
  25. Wessel I, Merckelbach H, Dekkers T. Autobiographical memory specificity, intrusive memory, and general memory skills in Dutch-Indonesian survivors of the World War II era. J Trauma Stress. 2002;15:227-34 pubmed
    ..These results replicate and extend earlier findings on intrusive and nonspecific autobiographical memory in depressed samples to a group of people who experienced war atrocities in childhood. ..
  26. Barnhofer T, de Jong Meyer R, Kleinpass A, Nikesch S. Specificity of autobiographical memories in depression: an analysis of retrieval processes in a think-aloud task. Br J Clin Psychol. 2002;41:411-6 pubmed
    ..This process may contribute to the maintenance of an overgeneral retrieval style. ..
  27. Dalgleish T, Tchanturia K, Serpell L, Hems S, Yiend J, de Silva P, et al. Self-reported parental abuse relates to autobiographical memory style in patients with eating disorders. Emotion. 2003;3:211-22 pubmed
    ..This effect remained significant even after levels of depressed mood were controlled for. ..
  28. Mastel Smith B, McFarlane J, Sierpina M, Malecha A, Haile B. Improving depressive symptoms in community-dwelling older adults: a psychosocial intervention using life review and writing. J Gerontol Nurs. 2007;33:13-9 pubmed
    ..A significant improvement was measured for the intervention group compared with the control group (p = .03). This research supports the Life Story Workshop as an effective intervention for improving depressive symptoms in older adults. ..
  29. Madras B. Office of National Drug Control Policy: a scientist in drug policy in Washington, DC. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2010;1187:370-402 pubmed publisher
    ..This essay describes how a basic scientist was thrust into the epicenter, the political cauldron of our national drug control policy, and how the experience altered her professional trajectory and perspective. ..
  30. Marie McShane J. How I practice: Similarities between recovery from anorexia nervosa and resolution of geopolitical conflict. Eat Disord. 2006;14:341-7 pubmed
  31. Elms A. Jung's lives. J Hist Behav Sci. 2005;41:331-46 pubmed
    Forty published life histories of C. G. Jung are grouped into eight categories: autobiography, hagiographies, pathographies, professional biographies, intellectual biographies, illustrated biographies, religious biographies, and joint ..
  32. Brown N, Lee P, Krslak M, Conrad F, G B Hansen T, Havelka J, et al. Living in history: how war, terrorism, and natural disaster affect the organization of autobiographical memory. Psychol Sci. 2009;20:399-405 pubmed publisher
    ..Taken together, these findings indicate that it is personal significance, not historical importance, that determines whether public events play a role in organizing autobiographical memory. ..
  33. Brown J. Dentist's diary details death march horrors. CDS Rev. 2007;100:32-3 pubmed
  34. Little J. Serendipity and chance in one's life and scientific career. Cancer Biol Ther. 2007;6:295-300 pubmed
  35. Gordon S. Exercising and surviving: my cancer journey. Urol Oncol. 2008;26:215-6 pubmed publisher
    ..Today, after training for and completing a marathon, 3 half-marathons, and 2 triathlons, I am able to accept the fact that my leg will never be the same at it was before cancer, neither will I, and this is alright. ..
  36. Willander J, Larsson M. Olfaction and emotion: the case of autobiographical memory. Mem Cognit. 2007;35:1659-63 pubmed
  37. Rose F. An autobiographical sketch of a practitioner-neurohistorian. J Hist Neurosci. 2005;14:93-9 pubmed
  38. Baltimore D. An interview with David Baltimore by Errol C. Friedberg. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2008;9:670-1 pubmed publisher
  39. Helenius A. Ari Helenius: Viruses under surveillance. Interview by Ruth Williams. J Cell Biol. 2008;182:414-5 pubmed publisher
  40. Michener C. The professional development of an entomologist. Annu Rev Entomol. 2007;52:1-15 pubmed
    ..S. Army, and (e) work at the University of Kansas, especially wild bee behavior and bee systematics. ..
  41. Strauss B. Getting around. DNA Repair (Amst). 2005;4:951-7 pubmed
    ..It seemed to me that the events I was relating spoke to that charge and I appreciate the opportunity to comment. ..
  42. Eardley A, Pring L. Remembering the past and imagining the future: a role for nonvisual imagery in the everyday cognition of blind and sighted people. Memory. 2006;14:925-36 pubmed
    ..The results refute the claim that "useful" imagery in everyday tasks is exclusively visual. ..
  43. Evans J, Wise T. A day in the life of a psychiatrist in-the-making. Psychiatrist-in-the making: Jillian Evans, M.D. Mentor: Thomas N. Wise, M.D. Acad Psychiatry. 2005;29:386-8 pubmed
  44. Chamak B, Bonniau B, Jaunay E, Cohen D. What can we learn about autism from autistic persons?. Psychother Psychosom. 2008;77:271-9 pubmed publisher
    ..These considerations deserve to be taken into account by professionals to better understand the behavior and needs of autistic persons. We propose to include this point in the reflection on the next psychiatric classifications. ..
  45. Schlagman S, Kvavilashvili L. Involuntary autobiographical memories in and outside the laboratory: how different are they from voluntary autobiographical memories?. Mem Cognit. 2008;36:920-32 pubmed
    ..Taken together, these results have important implications for current theories of autobiographical memory, and they open up interesting avenues for future research. ..
  46. Dalgleish T, Williams J, Golden A, Perkins N, Barrett L, Barnard P, et al. Reduced specificity of autobiographical memory and depression: the role of executive control. J Exp Psychol Gen. 2007;136:23-42 pubmed
    ..The potential role of executive control in accounting for other aspects of the AMT literature is discussed. ..
  47. Goddard L, Howlin P, Dritschel B, Patel T. Autobiographical memory and social problem-solving in Asperger syndrome. J Autism Dev Disord. 2007;37:291-300 pubmed
    ..Autobiographical memory performance was also impaired with significantly longer latencies to retrieve specific memories and fewer specific memories retrieved in comparison to controls. ..
  48. Cohler B. Life-stories and storied lives: genre and reports of lived experience in gay personal literature. J Homosex. 2008;54:362-80 pubmed publisher
    Personal literature may be written either as a life story such as an autobiography or memoir or as an autobiographical novel...
  49. Parker E, Cahill L, McGaugh J. A case of unusual autobiographical remembering. Neurocase. 2006;12:35-49 pubmed
    ..We propose the name hyperthymestic syndrome, from the Greek word thymesis meaning remembering, and that AJ is the first reported case. ..
  50. Rowley J. Chromosomes in leukemia and beyond: from irrelevant to central players. Annu Rev Genomics Hum Genet. 2009;10:1-18 pubmed publisher
    ..The challenge for the future is to enhance our ability to translate these genetic changes into effective therapies for other malignant diseases. ..
  51. Knox J. Sex, shame and the transcendent function: the function of fantasy in self development. J Anal Psychol. 2005;50:617-39 pubmed
    ..Differing psychodynamic theories of fantasy are examined in terms of the developmental sense of self-agency that they represent. ..
  52. Sandifer H, Dyer A. A day in the life of a psychiatrist in-the-making. Psychiatrist-in-the making: Honora M. Sandifer, M.D. Mentor: Allen R. Dyer, M.D., Ph.D. Acad Psychiatry. 2005;29:396-7 pubmed
  53. Smithies O. Turning pages (Nobel lecture). Chembiochem. 2008;9:1342-59 pubmed publisher