"Experimental and Clinical Applications of Computerized Referential Process Measures: Episodic Memory, Narrative Measures, Therapy Notes and Interviews"
with Drs. Wilma Bucci, Bernard Maskit and Sean Murphy
The seminar will cover several experimental and clinical applications of the DAAP-WRAD system. We first look at the relation of WRAD measures to standard measures of episodic memory based on counts of internal details, using data provided by Daniel Schacter and his colleagues. Our results support the view of episodic memory as a multi-faceted process, in the terms of Andreason et al. (1995), incorporating focused episodic memory involving conscious directed recall of events, and random episodic memory, including a free-ranging mixture of past recollections, future plans and other personal experiences, related to the default network, as currently investigated by Buckner et al. (2008), and characteristic of free association in psychoanalytic terms. Our results support the relationship of the referential activity measures to random episodic memory, whereas the standard measures based on internal details appear more related to focused forms. We then present work by Kristin Nelson and others showing robust correlations between WRAD and a measure of narrativity based on Labov's indicators of narrative form (Labov, 1997; Labov & Waletzky, 1967); and also discuss the relationship of the narrative measures to the measures of episodic memory. Finally (time permitting) we discuss the application of WRAD and other measures as indicators of the effectiveness of treatment in candidate notes from the archives of the NYPSI Treatment Center; and introduce the application of Variable Time DAAP to interviews carried out with senior child analysts concerning their patients and themselves.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium