Assisting Psychological Therapies
Xenodu systems are being utilised by the NHS (National Health Service, UK) with custom-designed interactive virtual environments to assist cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for
anxiety disorders and learning disabilities.
This ongoing collaboration has involved long-term research and development projects in partnership with The University of East Anglia and Norfolk & Suffolk NHS as well as other academic research partners and NHS Trusts.
Drawing on collaboration with multiple disciplines from Psychology, Video Production, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Human-Computer Interface Design this project aims to investigate feasibility and effectiveness of a novel computer-based system for psychological therapy.
Read the latest research here:
The Psychology of Social Networking Vol. 2 - Virtual Environments With Chroma-Keying Video Capture In Psychological Therapy (Gega L. et al. 2015)
A Video-based Virtual Environment for Teaching Social Skills to Adolescents with Autism: In Search of Generalisation (Barry O. 2015)
A Comprehensive Cognitive Behavioral Program for Offenders - Trying and Practicing in Virtual Immersion (Langdon P. et al. 2015)
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking - Virtual Environments Using Video Capture for Social Phobia with Psychosis (Gega L. et al. 2013)
This research has found that people with social anxiety and learning disabilities can be helped to overcome their fears and learn appropriate social skills by viewing themselves taking part in a range of virtual scenarios.
Controlled exposure therapy sessions for social phobia and learning disabilities with patients in NHS clinics have utilised custom-designed hardware installations and over a hundred virtual environments (2-7 mins in duration) including public speaking, public transport, shops, streets, parties, bars, cafés, speed-dating, medical consultations and a job interview.
|• Providing the opportunity for systematic practice and improvement of competence in social skills such as conversation or body language.
|• Building self-awareness and self-assurance to enable exposure to real-life events which would normally present challenges or create anxiety.
|• Questioning unproductive understanding of insecurities.
|• Enabling understanding that anxiety can be perpetuated by avoidance strategies and inaccurate interpretation of events in feared scenarios.
|• Demonstrating that anxiety declines when exposure to feared scenarios is practiced whilst inhibiting impulses to avoid such situations.
A range of psychological therapies and learning-related applications are currently undergoing further research and development using our systems.
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