Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

How Does Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR ) Work? An Examination of the Potential Mechanisms of Action
by Forster, Sara, Psy.D., Pepperdine University, 2021, 223; 28086013
Abstract (Summary)

A mounting body of evidence suggests that Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) is successful in reducing the impact of posttraumatic symptoms. Although the exact mechanisms of action remain unknown, theories from the psychological to the neuroscientific continue to emerge, expand, and evolve. This study will examine four of the most prominent theories to date and weigh the evidence for and against each one. It will also review, compare, and contrast the theories, evaluate the research supporting each one, and propose the most likely explanation for EMDR’s success given the state of the research. Neurobiological mechanisms and correlates as well as the controversy over the use of eye movements will also be reviewed. Implications for future research will also be discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cozolino, Louis
Commitee: Shafranske, Edward, Earnest, Karen
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology, Physiological psychology
Keywords: EMDR and PTSD, EMDR mechanism of action, How EMDR works, Neurobiology of EMDR, Psychophysiology of EMDR, PTSD treatment
Publication Number: 28086013
ISBN: 9798672150901
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