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Hilton turns to VR to build empathy between its hotel teams (incl. video)

“Hilton, a household name in the hospitality industry, has adopted [VR] to ingrain empathy among its corporate employees.

A selection of the hotel firm’s corporate employees will go through simulations training where they will be performing the tasks of those on the hotel floors day to day, like doing visitors’ laundry, serving food and beverages, servicing boiler rooms, and pitching sales proposals to clients.

With 360-degree video and 3-dimensional computer graphics, employees will be put in the shoes of housekeeping staff or the front desk clerk, and experience what it’s like to clean guest rooms and prepare room service trays.”

Image & Video: Oculus

By Adlina AR at Techwire Asia

Read more: https://techwireasia.com/amp/2020/03/hilton-turns-to-vr-to-build-empathy-between-its-hotel-teams/

Watch a Mother Reunite With Her Deceased Child in VR (incl. video)

“In 2016, Jang Ji-sung’s seven-year-old daughter Nayeon died of an incurable disease.

Three years later, the South Korean mother was reunited with Nayeon — sort of — in a virtual world created for a televised documentary.

The Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation shared a clip from the special documentary, titled “I Met You,” on its YouTube page, with the footage cutting between the “real world” and the virtual one.”

By Kristin Houser for Futurism.com

Image & Video: Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation

Read more: https://futurism.com/watch-mother-reunion-deceased-child-vr

VR Exposure Therapy Provides Treatment Option for PTSD (incl. video)

“The University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is an academic research center that combines creative narrative with advanced immersive techniques such as virtual reality to provide veterans with urgently needed options in the treatment of conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Treatments with immersive technologies like virtual reality involve exposure therapy.

The patient dealing with PTSD or other disorders is encouraged to confront traumatic memories in virtual settings with the help of a trained therapist.”

By Sonya Haskins for VR Fitness Insider

Image & Video: Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT)

Read more: https://www.vrfitnessinsider.com/vr-exposure-therapy-provides-treatment-option-for-ptsd/

Empathy-based virtual reality training a ‘game changer’ for police (incl. video)

“A new virtual reality (VR) training program is giving police officers the chance to virtually stand in someone else’s shoes.

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has launched a program to provide empathy-based training by simulating scenarios with people who are experiencing mental health issues.

Trainees use a VR headset to enter into a virtual world where they will have access to three different modules: autism, schizophrenia and suicide prevention.”

By John Lesavage/CBC News

Image & Video: Associated Press

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/halton-police-virtual-reality-1.5376107

Australian School Becomes First to Teach Greek With Virtual Reality (incl. video)

“The Melbourne-based Pedia Greek School has set a new precedent in the language learning community with an immersive program that teaches students using virtual reality.

In conjunction with the company ImmerseMe — which provides the virtual reality modules — the school is providing students with a virtual environment where they “immerse” themselves in everyday social situations and practice Greek conversation skills.

The Pedia Greek School is Australia’s first community language school to create such a program.”

Image & video by ImmerseMe

By Darden Livesay at Pappaspost.com

Read more: https://www.pappaspost.com/australian-greek-school-virtual-reality/

The weirdest VR experience yet could make you happier (incl. video)

“A new study asked participants to play the role of virtual therapist for themselves—and the results suggest that VR could be an effective therapeutic device for some people.

[The] study, conducted at the University of Barcelona by VR researchers and clinical psychologists … found that immediately after body swapping with Freud and counseling themselves in virtual reality, about 80% of the 29 participants reported feeling like they had a different perspective on their problem and that this would result in a change in the way they dealt with it.

Mel Slater, a professor at the University of Barcelona, co-director of the Experimental Virtual Environments for Neuroscience and Technology Lab, and the lead author of the paper [says] “The critical difference with the body swapping is you can think about it as if you’re another person listening to someone else’s problem …. That’s really what makes a difference.”

By Katherine Schwab at Fastcompany.com

Read more: https://www.fastcompany.com/90389617/the-weirdest-vr-experience-yet-could-make-you-happier

Virtual Reality Helps Dementia Patients Recall Memories (incl. video)

“Virtual reality (VR) therapy may vastly improve the lives of people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, a small new study from the University of Kent, U.K., has found.

Specifically, researchers found that exposing people with dementia to virtual reality environments helped them recall old memories, reduced aggression and improved their interactions with caregivers.

“VR can clearly have positive benefits for patients with dementia, their families, and caregivers. It provides a richer and more satisfying quality of life than is otherwise available, with many positive outcomes,” explains Dr. Jim Ang, PhD, one of the study’s researchers.”

By Jill Provost for BeingPatient.com

Image & video by Being Patient

Read more: https://www.beingpatient.com/virtual-reality-therapy-alzheimers-dementia/

Social workers are using VR to experience the lives of children in care (incl. video)

“A trial conducted by social enterprise The Cornerstone Partnership has yielded promising results in enabling social care workers to better understand the trauma of children in care.

A year-long trial that saw virtual reality programs implemented across multiple local authorities and social care organisations in the UK has shown that immersive VR experiences used in social care training enabled frontline staff to gain a better understanding of the trauma and neglect children in care have experienced.

This, in turn, led to improvements in the communication between children and their carers.”

Image & video by VISYON

By Ben Sullivan at the Big Issue

Read more: https://www.bigissue.com/latest/social-workers-are-using-vr-to-experience-the-lives-of-children-in-care/

Virtual reality PTSD therapy demonstrated at Glenrose Hospital (incl. video)

“Virtual reality therapy for post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) was demonstrated at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton HiMARC’s Motion-Assisted Multi-Modal Memory Desensitization and Reconsolidation (3MDR) has patients walk on a treadmill toward the stimulus, sounds and images that may remind them of events that brought on traumatic memories.

The therapist is with them through this experience, guiding, directing and asking them a series of questions as the soldier or veteran confronts these memories.

“It was incredible. I don’t know how else to describe it. My senses were heightened. I was even sensitive to the clanging sound of the carabiner on my harness,” Capt. Anna Harpe said after experiencing the 3MDR system.

By Larry Wong, Edmonton Journal

Read more: https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/watch-virtual-reality-ptsd-therapy-demonstrated-at-glenrose-hospital

Using VR To Replace Pain Medication For Seriously Ill Children (incl. video)

‘Starlight is a well-known charity organization with the mission to create “moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families” through a variety of initiatives [which] include bringing the magic of virtual reality to the hospital.

Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight in an interview with UploadVR [said] “We see children getting immersed in VR during painful medical procedures and the immersive distraction therapy lessens the need for heavy painkillers and anesthesia. VR can even take the place of pain killers in some cases.”

“Just because you’re in the hospital doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to experience the wonder and magic of child life,” says Helfrich.

By David Jagneaux at UploadVR

Image & video by Starlight

Read more: https://uploadvr.com/starlight-vr-replace-pain-medication-children/