The Meeting of Trauma and Cognitive Science: Facing Challenges and Creating Opportunities at the Crossroads
This chapter argues that necessity of a multidisciplinary approach to traumatic stress studies. It provides the challenges and opportunities in light of lessons learned at the 1998 Meeting on Trauma and Cognitive Science, held at the University of Oregon. The chapter also provides the challenges and opportunities in light of lessons learned at the 1998 Meeting on Trauma and Cognitive Science. The chapter reviews a program of research aimed at drawing on multidisciplinary methods and expertise. Trauma has gained attention as a public health issue, an indication that our thinking has shifted from seeing trauma as the problem of the individual to seeing trauma as a problem for society. Perhaps some of the resistance to trauma research is related to the increased feelings of vulnerability and responsibility that can come from knowing more about human trauma. Simultaneously, trauma researchers have faced another isolating hurdle in terms of where we belong in the traditional view of areas within psychology.