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An investigation of some hypothetical mechanisms underlying EMDR


Montgomery, IM and Scalzo, LA and Sharpley, CF, An investigation of some hypothetical mechanisms underlying EMDR, Scandinavian Journal of Behaviour Therapy, 25, (2) pp. 87-98. ISSN 0284-5717 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/16506079609456013


The few evaluative reports of eye movement desensitization and restructuring (EMDR) published so far are reviewed. Data suggest that, although it appears to be an effective treatment for many types of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, little has been written regarding the underlying processes by which EMDR reduces trauma-related aversive psychophysiological responses. One hypothetical explanation is based upon “mental relaxation”, perhaps involving production of alpha activity from ocular defocusing, and data are presented from EEG and ECG measures. © 1996 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Montgomery, IM (Dr Iain Montgomery)
ID Code:8526
Year Published:1996
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-19

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