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As part of our trip to Bologna, Italy to attend EMDR Europe, Reg, Bill, and I will be bringing you a few “Bologna Bites” of information we gleaned from the presentations of our brilliant EMDR colleagues in Europe. We’re learning so much for these cutting edge EMDR Therapy clinicians and researchers, and we want to share some of these benefits of EMDR!

In this bite, Bill Brislin gives a brief summary from Marco Pagani’s presentation: A biologically inspired neural network model to gain insight into the mechanisms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy.

Dr. Pagani is a leading edge researcher in the EMDR field. Today, he delivered information from a publication based on research by Giovanni Granato, Andrea Matter, Gianluca Baldassarre, and Alessia Cavallo, of the Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies, National Research Council, Rome, Italy.

Among other significant revelations, this groundbreaking research sheds light on the role of emotional content in the encoding and recollection of memories, and the relationship of brain waves, the amygdala, and hippocampus in traumatic memory and discusses how EMDR appears to slow brain waves and diminish the re-experiencing of traumatic memories. Memories can then be remembered in a different way, without the previous level of arousal and sense of imminent threat.

Watch the video to see Bill break down this information in a clear and simple way. Hungry for more? You can access the full journal article in Frontiers in Psychology:

Happy viewing and reading!