The science of EMDR: An update on current theories regarding mechanisms of EMDR
Over the last decade, several theories have been put forward to explain the mechanism of action of EMDR, including Shapiro’s Accelerated Information Processing (AIP) model as well as models built around the concepts of working memory, de-arousal, the relaxation response, inter-hemispheric communication, and REM sleep mimicry, not to mention the nihilistic “it’s just exposure plus hand waving” hypothesis. In this session, we will present an overview of how such models can be evaluated, and then review each of them, asking what it can tell us both about how EMDR works and about the effects of eye movements in specific. Our own REM sleep mimicry model will be presented in more detail, and its fit with the AIP model examined.
Original Work Citation
Stickgold, R. (2013, September). The science of EMDR: An update on current theories regarding mechanisms of EMDR. Plenary presentation at the 18th EMDR International Association Conference, Austin, TX
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