As I listened to Dr. Kolk's description of EMDR, I thought about the eye movements of REM sleep and the important part it plays in sense-making for the brain. Perhaps in the case of trauma, the EMDR sequence triggers a similar processing capability. It seems like a functional MRI or brain scan would show areas of the brain active during REM in a health person and undergoing EMDR to see if they are similar. Trauma victims can have nightmares and other sleep disturbances that may prevent or seriously affect different levels of sleep. In short, this was a very intriguing and information dense episode of the show.
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