No, they did not obtain measures of arousal, engagement, or somatic sensations during treatment. They did use instructions that emphasized writing about one's deepest thoughts and feelings (ala Pennebaker), so I suspect that for many people there was at least moderate levels of arousal. However, I should point out that even if it turned out that EMDR produced greater body experiencing than writing, the fact that the two treatments produced similar outcome makes it somewhat irrelevant. The bottom line is that we are trying to develop treatments that reduce our patients' symptoms, not just give them "deep experiences" merely for the sake of the experience.
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