The role of eye movements and other bilateral stimulation in EMDR
After a decade of treatment outcome research on EMDR, its effectivensss in the treatment of PTSD is no longer in question. However, the role of eye movements and bilateral stimulation, in general, remain controversial. Critics of EMDR hold that EMDR is simply cognitive behavioral treatment repackaged. Proponents of EMDR counter that much of the component analyses research on EMDR has been flawed and that several studies suggest the importance of eye movements. This panel symposium will explore the current status of the research on the importance of eye ovements and other bliateral stimulation in EMDR treatment. The research on this topic, to date, will be summarized and then the results of three studies investigating the role of bilateral stimulation will be presented. The symposium will conclude with a discussion of the key questions for future research.
Original Work Citation
Maxfield, L., Manfield, P., Renssen, M. R., Smyth, N., Servan-Schreiber, D., & Bartone, P. M. (2001, June). The role of eye movements and other bilateral stimulation in EMDR. In Research Symposium II (Ricky Greenwald, Chair). Symposium conducted at the 6th EMDR International Association Conference, Austin, TX
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