Resources and Links
The links below will provide you with valuable information about EMDR. The first link takes you directly to the official EMDR website. Make sure you watch the video that was posted on YouTube. It involves the treatment of an individual with a history of complicated trauma using EMDR. Additionally, it shows the changes that occur in the brain in response to treatment using Brain SPECT imaging. This type of neuro imaging is used by Dr. Daniel Amen (author of "Change Your Brain Change Your Body"). Brain SPECT imaging is a nuclear medicine study, which uses minute doses of isotopes bound to neurospecific pharmaceuticals to study regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) and thus indirectly brain metabolic activity. The course of rCBF measurement has evolved greatly over the past two decades. Imaging detectors have been developed, which provide three-dimensional representations of rCBF similar to the images created by positron emission tomography (PET) technology. Like PET, more advanced SPECT cameras have multiple heads, which increase the resolution of images and decrease the time necessary to complete scans.
In a recent study, Korean researchers Oh and Choi (2007) demonstrated that EMDR caused changes in cerebral perfusion in areas of the brain related to emotion. The findings indicate a decrease in limbic activity reflected in less emotionality, and an increase in areas of the brain devoted to memory, speech, and cognition.