“Virtual reality (VR) might help us overcome these implicit biases, according to a paper recently published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Researchers used VR to help people slip into the skin of an avatar and temporarily take on a new identity, cultivating cross-racial empathy along the way.”
“These simple illusions manipulate the way the brain uses information from senses like sight and touch. They show how plastic our brain is,” Manos Tsakiris, a co-author of the paper and professor of psychology at the University of London, told Popular Science.”
By Alissa Zhu at Popular Science
Read more: http://www.popsci.com/what-happens-when-you-put-white-person-black-body-virtual-reality
“The scientific team at the Center for BrainHealth is partnering with researchers at Yale’s Child Study Center to test the feasibility of providing the research-based training program to young adults across the country. A person with autism can use the technology to “practice” and hone their skills initiating a conversation with a person they would like to meet, interviewing for a job, or standing up for themselves by confronting a friend or colleague. Practicing social interaction in a safe, non-threatening, gaming environment helps people reduce anxiety and gain the confidence and skills they need to attempt more social interactions in their daily lives.”
By Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman from the Center for BrainHealth writing in the Huffington Post.
Read more at the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sandra-bond-chapman/autism-research_b_5077624.html
“At the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, they are helping treat soldiers with virtual reality simulations.
You strap it to your head and that puts you inside a first-person shooter video game,” says Mitic to Kevin Newman Live. He is the same soldier who made it to the finals of The Amazing Race Canada. He is a double amputee after stepping on a landmine, but doesn’t have PTSD. He flew to Los Angeles with Vice Canada to do a documentary with Vice’s tech site Motherboard on new PTSD treatments. “Once you are inside there are sounds and scents. It goes back to immersion therapy or stress inoculation; you are immerged in what caused your trauma. A therapist is there to talk you through it.”
Read more: http://knlive.ctvnews.ca/soldiers-being-cured-of-ptsd-with-new-virtual-reality-treatment-1.1733643
More info: Dr Rizzo – Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California http://ptsdtech.ict.usc.edu
Their lab at the University of Quebec in the Outaouais has re-created realistic scenarios to help these victims face their fears in a virtual world”.
Read more: http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/using-virtual-reality-to-conquer-fears-of-sexual-assault-1.1754392#ixzz2y7RB72dG
“A group of neuroscientists at Federal Polytechnic of Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have induced out-of-body experiences for the first time, using virtual reality and an experimental set-up. By deliberately scrambling a person’s visual and tactile senses, it is now possible to give them an “out-of-body” experience.
Two procedures – which are the first to imitate an out-of-body experience artificially – use cameras to fool people into thinking they are standing or sitting somewhere else in a room. They provide the strongest proof yet that people only imagine floating out of their bodies during surgery or near-death experiences.”
By Andy Coghlan for New Scientist
New Scientist – http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn12531-outofbody-experiences-are-all-in-the-mind.html
Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience – http://lnco.epfl.ch
“A surprisingly large number of people report having had an Out of Body Experience. A common story is they find their awareness floating up near the ceiling. Dr Graham Philips met up with scientists in Switzerland who’ve been examining the phenomenon.
The question is asked “could my consciousness leap from me to a virtual body just as it does with the rubber hand illusion?
The Rubber Hand Illusion occurs because my brain knows I’m feeling the touch in one place, my real arm, but seeing it in another. It goes with the dominant sense: sight.”
Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience – http://lnco.epfl.ch/