“A new therapy which involves a patient embodying themselves in a virtual reality avatar of a crying child could help with depression, research has suggested.
Patients wear a headset that projects a life-sized image, firstly of an adult and then of a child.
The project is part of a continuing study at University College London.”
By Dominic Howell at BBC News
Image: University College London
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Photo Credit: Mr Aitor Rovira (UCL)
“Researchers say self-compassion can be taught using avatars in an immersive virtual reality, with their trials showing reduced self-criticism and increased self-compassion in participants. The scientists behind the study are now investigating the longevity of the therapy and say it could be applied to treat a range of clinical conditions.”
By Matthew Stock, Thomson Reuters.
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