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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/

Virtual reality therapy provides medical treatment alternative (incl. video)

“Phobias, those extreme or irrational fears people have of maybe heights, or spiders, can make normal life difficult for many sufferers.

But in Mexico, one student engineer has come up with an innovative way to treat patients’ conditions, using Virtual Reality (VR) technology to gradually expose them to their fears.

The VR technology reflects the reality that a patient is afraid of.

Fear of the dark is treated by gradually fading light within the headset, while patients with a fear of heights experience the simulation of gradually ascending from a virtual ground level.”

By Alasdair Baverstock, CGTN America

Read more: https://america.cgtn.com/2018/01/25/virtual-reality-therapy-provides-medical-treatment-alternative

How virtual reality can help treat sex offenders

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“The quality of virtual reality systems – immersive, computer-generated worlds – has advanced dramatically in recent years, as can be seen by the expansive editorial from journalists testing Oculus Rift headsets.

University of Montreal researcher Massil Benbouriche has used this realism to help understand the impulses of sex offenders in order to find better ways of treating them. Key to using virtual reality as therapy is the degree to which an individual identifies with the world. Benbouriche uses a virtual reality headset and various audio-visual stimuli within a “cave”, or a cube of screens, to provide an immersive experience to the participant.

Virtual reality has been used in psychology as a treatment option for many behavioural disorders for more than a decade. Virtual reality therapy, together with psycho-therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy, has been used to treat disorders among the general population, as well as criminal behaviour.”

By Bobbie Ticknor, Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice at Valdosta State University writing for The Conversation

Read more: http://theconversation.com/how-virtual-reality-can-help-treat-sex-offenders-33955