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Neurolateral EMDR Software Frequently Asked Questions:
I don’t know much about computers, is this for me?
Yes! The program is very simple to install and operate. It is user-intuitive and fun to use for both clinician and client. You just point and click, and you are ready to go! When you use the program again with the same client, just open the saved settings, and start reprocessing right away.
The program was designed to be immediately useful for basic modes of bilateral stimulation, and also to offer more complex and creative options, as the user becomes more familiar with the program over time.
Do I have to have a new, expensive computer?
No, the program is not very "demanding". You need a PC (sorry, not available for MACs) running a Windows 98, XP, NT or ME operating system, a processor equivalent to a Pentium; (faster than a 486), sound card, 16MB of RAM, 50 MBs of free disc space.
If you are using the Neuroport tactile box, there should be a free USB port.
Do the eyes move to the periphery of vision with a small screen?
The extent to which the eyes move to the extreme right or left depends on the distance from the screen. If you would like maximum movement place the screen closer to the client. Here is a diagram illustrating the relationship between distance to the screen and span of eye movement.
You can see that a 12" wide laptop screen held just over 1 foot from the eyes, is equivalent to a 39" screen just under 3 ft. from the eyes.
Maximum divergence of the eyes may not always be preferred at certain stages of processing, and for some people, moving to the extremes of vision may be too stimulating, for example in abreaction. In practice, clinicians have found that processing does proceed even with very small passes "across the midline".
MALCOLM MacCULLOCH, M.D., FRCPsych.(Professor Emeritus of Forensic Psychiatry in the University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, UK) having done research on aspects of EMDR using a computer screen to facilitate eye movements has concluded that using a computer for EMDR is effective. (Keynote presentation at the EMDRIA conference 2002.)
How did you decide on the price?
If you do some research you will discover this is the best deal going in medical/psychotherapeutic software. For example, to obtain software for using EEG Biofeedback, you will pay, on average 5,000.00 US. You will probably have noticed, as well, that the software-based system provides superior value when compared to the hardware manufacturer's alternatives. Let's face it hardware-based systems are on the way out. There is so much more potential in our Neurolateral software application. We set the price to try and achieve a balance between being able to stay viable as a business and providing a product priced to be accessible to all clinicians.
Why would I want to use an image instead of an object?
There are a number of reasons you might choose to use images. You might find that the attention of children or youth is more easily captured with pictures tailored to their age groups. For example, young children might like the "puppy" and an adolescent, the "race car" or "snow boarder".
You might also wish to choose specific images for clients designed to be evocative and assist with imagery or relaxation and resource installation. For example, clients may enjoy the relaxing effect of a very slowly moving ocean scene image, with the "PanLoop" sound of "gulls and surf".
The use of images with bilateral stimulation is not something which has been formally investigated, and clinician creativity and judgement is essential in this regard, as with the use of EMDR in general. You may notice that at times, rich clinical information may arise, as the client may respond to an image in one way initially, and when dysfunctional information moves to a more adaptive level, the image then evokes a different response.