Toward The Scientific Study of Autobiographical Memory Narratives in Psychotherapy


  • Jefferson A. Singer Connecticut College
  • Laura A. Bonalume University of Milan-Bicocca



autobiographical memory and psychotherapy, coding memories in therapy, memory narratives and therapy, case study, clinical case study



In responding to Adler (2010) and Moertl, Boritz, Bryntwick, and Angus (2010), we elaborate three areas of discussion: (1) Defining the autobiographical memory narrative unit; (2) Clarifications regarding our approach to coding narrative memories; and (3) Potential future research.  Our response highlights the importance of a coding system specific to long-term narrative memories, the need to distinguish clearly what is meant by narrative memory, and the value of creating a bridge between the study of narrative memory in psychotherapy and research in cognitive science and personality psychology.





Author Biographies

Jefferson A. Singer, Connecticut College

Jan Fishman, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief, Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy Professor of Clinical and Organizational Psychology Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Rutgers University Mailing address: 57 Jaffray Court Irvington, NY 10533 914-693-8549 fax: 603-917-2567 email:

Laura A. Bonalume, University of Milan-Bicocca

Laura A. Bonalume, MA
Department of Psychology
University of Milan-Bicocca
Milano, 20126, ITALY






How to Cite

Singer, J. A., & Bonalume, L. A. (2010). Toward The Scientific Study of Autobiographical Memory Narratives in Psychotherapy. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 6(3), 215–222.