Trigger Warnings Can Worsen Traumatic Memories
Published in Memory.
Summary: Trigger warnings shown before TV shows may have the opposite effect than is intended. Researchers found trigger warnings may prolong negative characteristics associated with bad memories. They also do not increase a person’s use of coping strategies.
Source: Flinders University
Trauma memories can suddenly return when survivors are exposed to material that reminds them of the event, and Flinders University psychology researchers warn trigger warnings on screen may even worsen these negative memories.