School of Psychology - Activities - Featured Publications - Thinking about threats: Memory and prospection in human threat management

Login to the School of Psychology

Featured Publication

Title:
Thinking about threats: Memory and prospection in human threat management
Authors:
Bulley, A.; Henry, J.D.; Suddendorf, T.
Journal:
Consciousness and Cognition, 49, 53-69

Humans have evolved mechanisms for the detection and management of possible threats in order to abate their negative consequences for fitness. Internally generated (‘detached’) cognition may have evolved in part because of its contributions to this broad function, but important questions remain about its role in threat management. In this article, we therefore present a taxonomy of threat-related internally generated cognition comprising episodic and semantic formats of memory and prospection. We address the proximate mechanisms of each of the capacities in this taxonomy, and discuss their respective contributions to adaptive threat management in humans. For instance, mental time travel empowers people to contemplate and learn from threats experienced long ago, as well as to plan for dangers that might arise in the distant future. However, despite their functional benefits, these thought processes are also central to contemporary anxiety disorders and may be a potent source of distress.

Accessed: 799 times
Created: Tuesday, 7th February 2017 by uqpjack1
Modified: Tuesday, 7th February 2017 by uqpjack1
Psychology News, Events & Publications RSS 2.0 Feed School of Psychology on Facebook School of Psychology on Twitter School of Psychology on Google Plus School of Psychology on Linkedin School of Psychology on YouTube
Share this page on Facebook Share this page on Twitter Share this page on Google Plus Share this page on Linkedin