Evaluating the effect of eye movements on positive memories such as those used in resource development and installation

Description

Resource development and installation (RDI) is an eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)-related procedure developed to strengthen positive associations in positive and resourceful memories (Korn & Leeds, 2002). This study tested the assumption that bilateral stimulation (horizontal eye movements [EM]) in RDI “appears to lead to spontaneous, rapid increases in affective intensity . . . and to rich, emotionally vivid associations” (Korn & Leeds, p. 1469). This study also tested whether eye movement effects could be better accounted for by working memory or by interhemispheric interaction theory. Fifty-three undergraduate students each recalled three memories of pride, perseverance, and self-confidence. They provided pretest and posttest ratings of each memory for vividness, pleasantness, and experienced strength of the positive quality, before and after performing three simultaneous tasks during recall: horizontal EM, vertical EM, and recall only. Results were fully in line with working memory predictions, with significant decreases for all variables following both eye movement tasks. There was no support for the interhemispheric hypothesis. It is concluded that the effectiveness of bilateral stimulation in RDI is questionable. Clinical implications are discussed.

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English

Author(s)

Hellen K. Hornsveld
Jan H. Houtveen
Max Vroomen
Immanuel Kapteijn
Immanuel Kapteijn Dorienke Aalbers
Dorienke Aalbers
Marcel A. van den Hout

Original Work Citation

Hornsveld, H. K., Houtveen, J. H., Vroomen, M., Kapteijn, I., Aalbers, I. K. D., Aalbers, D., & van den Hout, M. A. (2011). Evaluating the effect of eye movements on positive memories such as those used in resource development and installation. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 5(4), 146-155. doi:10.1891/1933-3196.5.4.146

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“Evaluating the effect of eye movements on positive memories such as those used in resource development and installation,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 26, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/21179.

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