Considering mechanisms of action in EMDR


This special issue of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research contains a number of articles that address preliminary issues related to these complex questions. There are two research studies: a study investigating the physiological effects of EM (Sack et al.) and a study evaluating the effect of EM on the components of autobiographical memory (Maxfi eld et al.) . There are several articles by researchers who have summarized their fi ndings and provided a theoretical perspective on related issues (Lee; Propper & Christman; Sondergaard & Elofsson; Stickgold). Two theoretical articles propose neurobiological and other mechanisms of action (Bergmann; Solomon & Shapiro ). All these articles make a real contribution to our conceptualizations of EMDR mechanisms. It is our hope and intention that this issue will stimulate thinking, and provide ideas and models for future research, with the expectation that fi ndings will help to guide and direct clinical practice. (Excerpt)






Louise Maxfield

Original Work Citation

Maxfield, L. (2008). Considering mechanisms of action in EMDR. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 2(4), 234-238. doi:10.1891/1933-3196.2.4.234



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