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BBC Radio 4: All in the Mind: Dr Catherine Loveday comments on a recently discovered memory problem and computer gaming addiction

Psychology 4 July 2018

Dr Catherine Loveday, Cognitive Neuropsychologist at the University of Westminster, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘All in the Mind’ podcast commenting on a newly discovered memory syndrome and computer gaming addiction.

Dr Loveday was first asked to comment on the Severely Deficient Autobiographical Memory syndrome, a recently discovered memory condition where a person has no memory of being in an event yet they know it happened.

Talking about this condition, Dr Loveday said: “It can be helpful to know that there are other people out there like this because they may feel it makes more sense of these experiences they’ve been having.”

On a different topic, Dr Loveday was also interviewed regarding the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) proposals to include computer gaming addiction in the new edition of the international classification of diseases.

She argued that there was not enough evidence at the moment to label it as a disease and said: “There are some concerns that it may be used to mask other underlying conditions that you might see, particularly in adolescents, like anxiety and depression, and this worry that using this kind of label will prevent people looking more deeply in those underlying problems.

“I think it’s very important for people to not be alarmist and not to necessarily just look at the amount of time people are spending but to look at whether playing computer games is impacting negatively and then start to take it from there”.

Listen to Dr Loveday speaking on the programme on BBC iPlayer from 08:35

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