Becoming informed about trauma (`trauma-informed’) requires basic knowledge about the nature of memory. As with research findings on the brain, with which it overlaps, research into the workings of memory is rapidly expanding.
Neuroscientific and other research confirms that memory is not a single entity, and does not relate solely to conscious recall. Rather it involves complex neural networks associated with different types of memory which are stored in different areas of the brain. This has major implications not only for our understanding of memory, but for the particularly challenging experience of traumatic memory, the ways in which it is expressed, and ways in which it can be resolved.
This fact sheet provides some of the more recent research evidence around memory, an area of ongoing research.