ISSN 2043-8087
Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 3, Issue 2, 189-208, 2012
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Imagery Rescripting as a Therapeutic Technique: Review of Clinical Trials, Basic Studies, and Research Agenda

Arnoud Arntz
Maastricht University & Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Volume 3, Issue 2, 2012, Pages 189-208

Imagery Rescripting (ImRs) is a therapeutic technique addressing specific memories of earlier experiences associated with present problems. By imagining that the course of events is changed in a more desired direction, powerful therapeutic effects have been found. The interest in and applications of ImRs are quickly increasing. This review discusses clinical studies assessing effects of ImRs, as well as possible processes underlying ImRs, and laboratory studies examining these underlying processes. It is concluded that although research into ImRs is still in its infancy, and many studies have their methodological limitations, results are promising. Therefore a research agenda is sketched, suggesting the next steps in both clinical and fundamental research.

Table of Contents
Treatment studies
 Social Phobia
 Simple Phobia
 Bulimia Nervosa (BN)
 Personality Disorders
 Health Psychology
 Conclusions from treatment studies
Studies into mechanisms
 ImRs compared to other emotion regulation techniques
 Does ImRs change the meaning of unconditioned stimuli?
 ImRs, the processing of traumatic events, and effects on intrusions, meaning and memory
Research Agenda
 Research Agenda for Clinical Applications of ImRs
 Research Agenda for Underlying Mechanisms of ImRs

Correspondence to
Arnoud Arntz, Clinical Psychological Science, Maastricht University, PO Box 616; 6200 MD Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Imagery Rescripting, CBT, memory, classical conditioning, cognitive schemas

Received 17 Mar 2011; Revised 14 Sep 2011; Accepted 22 Sep 2011; In Press 23 Apr 2012

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