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EFT Tapping Research; The Science of Tapping

EFT, Energy Psychology and Tapping Studies, Abstracts, Papers, and Articles with Editor’s Note Summaries (by Craig Weiner, DC)

This is one of the most comprehensive collection of EFT/Tapping related published research abstracts and full papers in a single location. It is continually updated. Editor’s notes provided by Craig Weiner, DC, provide a brief synopsis of each paper and further details are best obtained by reading the full paper and if unable to obtain, then to review the paper abstract.

Articles/Papers listed may be found in multiple categories, according to relevant subject headings.

Articles/Papers may be available:

  1. As a Free Abstract
  2. As a Free Full Research Paper (Some are downloadable PDFs that require the user to have Adobe Acrobat Reader) or
  3. Commonly it is required that to obtain the full research paper you need to purchase it via the link to the publisher.

Abstracts/Papers appear in a wide variety of publications, many though not all of which are peer reviewed journals, not all of which can be found on PubMed searches.

Each research paper listed is on this Table of Contents Page with a Description of the Paper and its Citation (title, authors and publication information) with a link to a Unique Study Page.

Each Unique Study Page offers a study Description, Citation, Abstract and Editor’s Summary Notes (Based upon Abstracts or Full Papers (when available to this editor reviewer) and Original Papers when available.

Some full papers/PDFs have been made available as slightly revised editions by the author which may vary from the original journal publication rendition.

Milestones in Worldwide Acceptance of EFT and EFT Published Research

  • Nov. 2021 a select committee led by Peta Stapleton, PhD and approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) was created to evaluate EFT by the APA for inclusion on their evidence based psychological treatments website
  • 2020 EFT approved under the National Insurance Disability Scheme (NDIS) for therapy in Australia
  • 2020 Australian Psychological Society features EFT during National Psychology Week as emerging approach for pain
  • 2020 APA journal (USA) published EFT cortisol replication study
  • 2020 A major review of psychological treatments for PTSD – Energy psychology (combined somatic/cognitive therapies) was the 2nd most effective at reducing PTSD symptoms at the end of treatment to waitlist (after EMDR which was found to be most effective). Further, energy psychology had the greatest cost savings over no treatment, followed by EMDR, trauma-focused CBT and then other treatments
  • 2019 Blue Knot Foundation for (trauma) includes EFT in PTSD clinical guidelines in Australia
  • In 2019, EFT was approved for use within the South Korean medical system
  • 2018 – N.I.C.E. (UK) acknowledge the body of EFT research, deem it worthy of government funding and in economic modelling indicated it was highly cost effective
  • 2018 EFT was approved as “generally safe” by the US Veterans Administration
  • 2018 EFT International and ACEP (Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology) made a joint submission of the research evidence for EFT and TFT as treatments for PTSD to NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) in the UK. NICE has created a specific category for EFT, TFT and Somatic Experiencing called “CSACTS” (Combined Somatic and Cognitive Therapies) and acknowledged as “worthy of further research”
  • In 2017, the U.S. Veterans Administration (V.A.) added EFT to List 2, approving it as a “generally safe therapy”

The Effect of a Brief EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Self-Intervention on Anxiety, Depression, Pain and Cravings in Healthcare Workers

Citation: Church, D. & Brooks, A. (2010a). The Effect of a Brief EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Self-Intervention on Anxiety, Depression, Pain and Cravings in Healthcare Workers. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Oct/Nov.9.5. To view Abstract search Archives Index at www.imjournal.com Abstract This study examined whether self-intervention with Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a brief exposure therapy…

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Single Session Reduction of the Intensity of Traumatic Memories in Abused Adolescents after EFT: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study; Church et al

Working with Abused Adolescents; Single Sessions of EFT Demonstrates Decreased Intrusive Memories and Avoidance Symptoms Citation: Church, D., Piña, O., Reategui, C., & Brooks, A. (2011). Single session reduction of the intensity of traumatic memories in abused adolescents after EFT: A randomized controlled pilot study. Traumatology. doi:10.1177/1534765611426788 Click here to view Abstract http://goo.gl/cQYrxy Abstract The…

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Assessment of the Emotional Freedom Technique: An Alternative Treatment for Fear; Waite & Holder 2003

Citation: Waite, L.W. & Holder, M.D. (2003). Assessment of the Emotional Freedom Technique: An alternative treatment for fear. The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, 2(1), 20-26. Click here to read the Abstract and Full Paper http://goo.gl/pNAtay Abstract The effectiveness of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a treatment for anxiety and fear, was assessed. One…

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Application of Emotional Freedom Techniques, Church and Brooks 2010

A 2010 Description Paper of EFT as Instructed in a Workshop Setting and Future Research Directions Citation: Church, D., Brooks, A. (2010b). Application of Emotional Freedom Techniques. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, 2010, August/September 2010. To view Abstract, search the Archives index at http://www.imjournal.com Abstract This paper describes an intervention called Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).…

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Reducing Anxiety in Dental Patients using EFT; Temple & Mollon

Citation: Temple, G., & Mollon, P. (2011). Reducing Anxiety in Dental Patients using EFT: A Pilot Study. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research & Treatment, 3(2). Click here to view Abstract http://goo.gl/lRS8qT Abstract Adult patients awaiting dental treatment were screened for self-reported anxiety using an 11-point Likert scale. Those in the higher half of the range (n…

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Quitting Smoking: How to Use Emotional Freedom Techniques

Citation: Stapleton, P., Porter, B., 2013, Quitting Smoking: How to Use Emotional Freedom Techniques, International Journal of Healing and Caring, 13 (1). Click Here for Abstract and Full Paper below. Editor’s Note Full acknowledgment is given to the International Journal of Healing and Caring for reproduction. Abstract Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) have been gaining strength…

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Preliminary Report of the First Large Scale Study of Energy Psychology with Brain Scans

The Neurological Foundations of Energy Psychology: Brain Scan Changes during 4 Weeks of Treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder Citation: Andrade, Joaquin and Feinstein, David. (2004). Preliminary report of the first large scale study of energy psychology. Energy Psychology Interactive: Rapid Interventions for Lasting Change. The Neurological Foundations of Energy Psychology: Brains Scan Changes during 4…

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Interventions to Reduce Anxiety for Gifted Children and Adolescents, Gaesser

Study Demonstrates EFT’s Increased Effectiveness as Compared to CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for Reducing Anxiety in Gifted Children and Adolescents Citation: Gaesser, A. H. (2014). Interventions to Reduce Anxiety for Gifted Children and Adolescents. Doctoral Dissertations, Paper 377 Click here to view Abstract and download Full Paper http://goo.gl/3Xar0Q Abstract This study examined the anxiety levels…

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Thought Field Therapy Clinical Applications: Utilization in an HMO in Behavioral Medicine and Behavioral Health Services, Sakai

Citation: Sakai, C., Paperny, D., Mathews, M., Tanida, G., Boyd, G., Simons, A., Yamamoto, C., Mau, C., & Nutter, L. (2001). ). Thought Field Therapy Clinical Applications: Utilization in an HMO in Behavioral Medicine and Behavioral Health Services. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57(10), 1229-35. Click here to view Abstract http://goo.gl/rB4xUe Abstract Thought Field Therapy (TFT)…

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The Neurochemistry of Counter-Conditioning; Theories of How Tapping Works

Citation: Lane, J. (2009). The Neurochemistry of Counterconditioning: Acupressure Desensitization in Psychotherapy. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 1(1), 31-44. Click here for the Abstract and Full Paper Abstract A growing body of literature indicates that imaginal exposure, paired with acupressure, reduces midbrain hyper-arousal and counter-conditions anxiety and traumatic memories. Recent research indicates that manual…

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The Effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for Optimal Test Performance: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Jain & Rubino

Citation: Jain, S., & Rubino, A. (2012). The effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for optimal test performance: A randomized controlled trial. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 4(2), 13-24. doi:10.9769.EPJ.2012.4.2.SJ Click here to view Abstract http://goo.gl/D80NIZ Abstract Test anxiety causes, effects and interventions have been widely studied. This study seeks to determine the efficacy…

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The Effect of Two Psychophysiological Techniques (Progressive Muscular Relaxation and Emotional Freedom Techniques) on Test Anxiety in High School Students: A Randomized Blind Controlled Study

Citation: Sezgin, N., Ozcan, B., Church, D., (2009). The Effect of Two Psychophysiological Techniques (Progressive Muscular Relaxation and Emotional Freedom Techniques) on Test Anxiety in High School Students: A Randomized Blind Controlled Study. International Journal of Healing and Caring, Jan, 9:1. Click here to view Abstract http://goo.gl/aHpBvE Abstract This study investigated the effect of Emotional…

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