The EEGs in a group of ten subjects with major psychological trauma treated with EMDR and in ten controls have been registered both during the listening of the autobiographical narrative of the index trauma (script) and during a whole EMDR session. The EEGs have been performed again during the last EMDR session when patients were free of symptoms. During script listening a prevalent activation of the limbic regions corresponding to prefrontal and orbitofrontal cortex has been registered, being explained as the emotional arousal during trauma reliving at the symptomatic phase. The significant de- crease of such activations during the late asymptomatic phase represents the neurobiological correlate of recovery. Moreover, the evidence of significant cortical activation in the parietal-temporo-occipital areas, during the last session, suggests a switch of the dominant electrical signal towards cortical areas with a prevalent cognitive function.
Substrato neurobiologico della terapia con EMDR
Il Pensiero Scientifico, Roma , Italia
Rivista di psichiatria (Testo stamp.) 47 (2012): 16S–18S. doi:10.1708/1071.11734
info:cnr-pdr/source/autori:Pagani, Marco; Di Lorenzo, G.; Verardo, A. R.; Nicolais, G.; Monaco, L.; Niolu, C.; Fernandez, I.; Siracusano, A./titolo:Substrato neurobiologico della terapia con EMDR/doi:10.1708/1071.11734/rivista:Rivista di psichiatria (Test