Dr Catherine Loveday, Principal Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Westminster, lent her psychological expertise to comment on how memory is affected by depression.

Speaking to presenter Claudia Hammond Dr Loveday said that usually people suffering from depression have problems going back to specific things and describing them in detail, as they tend to have very general memories. 

She said: “People have a very sparse autobiographical memory, and there’s also another thing that happens which is that people tend to lose the positivity bias that we normally have.

“So we tend to remember things in a fairly rosy way, we remember the good things that have happened to us far more than the bad things and that is lost in depression.”

Listen to Catherine Loveday on BBC Radio 4 from 08:29.

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