Virtual reality students explore phobia treatment

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“Two engineering undergraduate students at the University of Santa Clara, Paul Thurston and Bryce Mariano, devoted their last semester of college in Spring 2015 to treat acrophobia, the fear of heights, with technology using virtual reality goggles to simulate the sensation of being at high altitude during therapy.

Mariano and Thurston envision that a certified therapist and a patient would use the goggles together. The patient would view the three-dimensional world from a simulated perspective on top of a building, while the therapist would adjust the levels and exposure amount based on emotional and physical cues.”

Image and text by Agatha Kereere at S.F. Examiner

Read more: http://www.sfexaminer.com/virtual-reality-students-explore-phobia-treatment/