It has been repeatedly demonstrated that depression and reported history of trauma are associated with a difficulty in retrieving specific autobiographical memories, a phenomenon called overgeneral memory (Williams & Broadbent, 1986). Over the past twenty years there has been a stimulating progression in knowledge in this field, and it is clear that the topic has a considerable level of importance, both from a theoretical and clinical perspective. This Special Issue is intended to further advance this field which lies at the heart of the cognition-emotion interface. Papers published in this Issue address key issues relating to the underlying mechanisms and aetiology of overgeneral autobiographical memory, providing a state-of-the-art and pushing the field forward.
Regular Articles.P.J. Barnard, E.R. Watkins, C. Ramponi, Reducing Specificity of Autobiographical Memory in Non-clinical Participants: the Role of Rumination and Schematic Models. J.M.G. Williams, S. Chan, C. Crane, T. Barnhofer, Retrieval of Autobiographical Memories: the Mechanisms and Consequences of Truncated Search. J.E. Roberts, E.L. Carlos, T.B. Kashdan, The Impact of Depressive Symptoms, Self-esteem and Neuroticism on Trajectories of Overgeneral Autobiographical Memory over Repeated Trials. F. Raes, D. Hermans, J.M.G. Williams, P. Eelen, Reduced Autobiographical Memory Specificity and Affect Regulation. I. Wessel, B.J.A. Hauer, Retrieval-Induced Forgetting of Autobiographical Memory Details. I.P. Kremers, P.H. Spinhoven, A.J.W. Van der Does, R. Van Dyck, Autobiographical Memory in Depressed and Non-depressed Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder after Long-term Psychotherapy. W. Kuyken, R. Howell, Facets of Autobiographical Memory in Adolescents with Major Depressive Disorder and never Depressed Controls. L.E. Drummond, B. Dritschel, A. Astell, R.E. O’ Carroll, T. Dalgleish, Effects of Age, Dysphoria and Emotion-focusing on Autobiographical Memory Specificity in Children. Brief Reports. K. Rekart, S. Mineka, R.E. Zinbarg, Autobiographical Memory in Dysphoric and Non-dysphoric College Students Using a Computerized Version of the AMT. M.M. Leibetseder, R.R. Rohrer, H.F. Mackinger, R.R. Fartacek, Suicide Attempts: Patients with and without an Affective Disorder show Impaired Autobiographical Memory Specificity. R.J. McNally, S.A. Clancy, H.M. Barrett, H.A. Parker, C.S. Ristuccia, C.A. Perlman, Autobiographical Memory Specificity in Adults Reporting Repressed, Recovered, or Continuous Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse. N. Wood, C.R. Brewin, H.J. McLeod, Autobiographical Memory Deficits in Schizophrenia. Invited Paper. J.M.G. Williams, Capture and Rumination, Functional Avoidance and Executive Control (CaRFAX): Three Processes that Underlie Over-general Memory.