Interhemispheric interaction and saccadic horizontal eye movements - Implications for episodic memory, EMDR, and PTSD

Description

The growing body of literature on the effects of bilateral saccadic eye movements, patterned after those employed in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), on memory is reviewed. Research indicates that engaging in bilateral saccadic eye movements prior to lab-based memory testing results in signifi cant improvement in episodic memory across a wide range of memory tests. Other effects of these types of eye movements on hemispheric activation and emotional state are also discussed. The fi ndings are interpreted within a framework suggesting that bilateral saccadic eye movements, such as those employed in EMDR, increase interaction between the left and right cerebral hemispheres. This framework is also used to explain the effects of such eye movements on memory during EMDR treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder.

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Journal

Language

English

Author(s)

Ruth E. Propper
Stephen D. Christman

Original Work Citation

Propper, R. E., & Christman, S. D. (2008). Interhemispheric interaction and saccadic horizontal eye movements - Implications for episodic memory, EMDR, and PTSD. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 2(4), 269-281. doi:10.1891/1933-3196.2.4.269

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Citation

“Interhemispheric interaction and saccadic horizontal eye movements - Implications for episodic memory, EMDR, and PTSD,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed September 29, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/18476.

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