“Virtual reality technologies using head-mounted displays could help people with autism develop social skills and confidence according to a researcher from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).
Dr Nigel Newbutt, Associate Head of Media and Digital Cultures at UWE Bristol, said, “With as many as 1 in 68 reported as being diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition, there is the potential for technologies to be used and applied to many affected people.”
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“Freeman Health System’s Ozark Center in Joplin has three Bravemind devices— one for adults, one for children and another just for veterans.
The subject puts on headgear that has a 360-degree perspective and replicates for veterans desert scenes like they would have witnessed serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The virtual-reality machine is an extension of prolonged exposure therapy, where the veteran will re-experience a traumatic event repeatedly in a safe place while being counseled by a professional.
Engaging with the trauma allows patients to change their reaction to stimuli, desensitize the trauma and allow for healthy coping mechanisms.”
By Sofia Sanchez Salcedo at Neoshow Daily News
Read more: http://m.neoshodailynews.com/article/20151112/NEWS/151119579
“Doctors and researchers are using virtual reality technology to create simulated events to help patients facing real life issues every day.
“We can put people back in these simulations and help them to confront and process very difficult emotional memories,” Dr. Skip Rizzo at the University of Southern California said.
“The range of areas include psychological treatments, cognitive assessment and rehabilitation, physical therapy is a big area.”
By Denise Dador at ABC7 News LA
Read more: http://abc7.com/health/video-game-technology-used-to-treat-ptsd-phobias/1078235/
“Emory University clinical psychologist Barbara Rothbaum is one of the nation’s authorities on exposure therapy. She says, “It helps teach in their minds, heads and bodies, ‘I don’t need to be scared of this. I can stay in this situation, and my anxiety will come down.’”
Rothbaum was one of the people who helped pioneer bringing exposure therapy into the virtual world.
Fears like flying, heights or post-traumatic stress disorder often involve scenarios that are difficult — or even impossible — to revisit in real life.
And that’s where virtual reality exposure therapy comes in…”
By KATE SWEENEY at WABE News
Image: EMORY BRAIN HEALTH CENTER
Read more: http://news.wabe.org/post/atlanta-clinic-battles-phobias-using-virtual-reality