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The Neuroscience of Trauma from Sexual Assault

Cognitive Neuroscience Society

A relatively new area of the literature on human response to trauma, particularly the trauma experienced during sexual violence, is that of “tonic immobility.” Defined as self-paralysis, or as the inability to move even when not forcibly restrained, tonic immobility has long been studied in non-human animals as the “freeze” response to extreme stress.

Updated February 27, 2018.

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