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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”

A Discussion of Controversies in Energy Psychology

Citation: Feinstein, D., Controversies in Energy Psychology, Journal of Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, Treatment, Dec. 2009, 1(1), 45-56. Click Here for Journal Abstract http://goo.gl/xhm1Nv Click Here for Full Paper PDF http://goo.gl/GjQkE8 (Note: This PDF may not be an exact replication of the copy-edited version. It is not the “copy of record.”) Abstract In the nearly…

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A 2008 Review of the Evidence for Energy Psychology

Citation: Feinstein, D. (2008). Energy Psychology: A Review of the Preliminary Evidence. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training. 45(2), 199-213. Click here for Abstract and Full Paper PDF http://goo.gl/YAHQl8 Abstract Energy psychology utilizes imaginal and narrative-generated exposure, paired with interventions that reduce hyperarousal through acupressure and related techniques. According to practitioners, this leads to treatment outcomes…

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Is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Generalizable? Comparing Effects in Sport Science Students vs. Complementary Therapy Students

Citation: Boath, E., Stewart, A., & Carryer, A. (2013). Is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Generalizable? Comparing Effects in Sport Science Students vs. Complementary Therapy Students. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 5(2). doi:10.9769.EPJ.2013.5.5.EB.AC.as.su Click here to view Abstract http://goo.gl/NdRNJq Abstract Objectives: Previous research has shown Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to be effective in reducing presentation…

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Functional MRI Study Shows Demonstrates that Stimulating Acupuncture Points Reduces Amygdala and Hippocampus Arousal in Normal Subjects

Citation: Hui, K,K.S., Liu, J., Makris N., Gollub, R., Chen. A., Moore, C.I., Kennedy, D.N., Rosen, B.R., Kwong, K.K., (2000) Acupuncture modulates the limbic system and subcortical gray structures of the human brain: Evidence from fMRI studies in normal subjects. Human Brain Mapping Vol. 9, Issue 1, p. 13–25, 2000 To view Abstract, link here…

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Emotional Freedom Techniques for Dyslexia: A Case Study

Citation: McCallion, F. (2012). Emotional Freedom Techniques for Dyslexia: A Case Study; Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment 4(2). doi: 10.9769/EPJ.2012.4.2.FM Click here to view Abstract http://goo.gl/SOSZgL Abstract Dyslexia is a developmental condition, often inherited, that interferes with the acquisition and processing of written language. Sequencing issues, disorientation, and emotional issues can all be successfully…

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Mood and Food Cravings in Overweight and Obese Australian Adults: Clues to Treatment in Food Diaries. Stapleton & Doyle 2013

This paper by Peta Stapleton, EFT trainer/practitioner explores Food Diaries and the primary motives behind Mood and food cravings in overweight and obese Australian adults. The results point to the role depression, and other mental health conditions may play in the successful maintenance of weight loss.”

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