Two-year postdoc grant for Søren Staugaard
Søren Risløv Staugaard has been awarded a two-year postdoc grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research, Humanities.
Project title: The role of memory in posttraumatic stress disorder
Grant recipient: Søren Risløv Staugaard
Institution: Aarhus University
Amount granted: DKK 1,861,298
Project description: Most people experience symptoms such as nightmares, sudden anxiety or a constant feeling of fear following a traumatic event. But for some people, these symptoms develop into posttraumatic stress stress disorder. Patients with PTSD experience involuntary intrusive recollections about the trauma when they are confronted with situations that remind them of the traumatic event. Some patients also have difficulty consciously recalling what actually happened during the trauma. There is no consensus about what causes such memory problems, and the research in the field shows conflicting results. The disagreement may be due to the fact that the scientific methods that have been applied so far have not been ideal.
The goal of this project is therefore to apply a new, experimental method for examining the function of memory in PTSD. Such knowledge can help identify the mechanisms that affect both involuntary intrusive recollections and conscious recollections. In the long term, this may have important implications for the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD.