“A new virtual reality (VR) training program is giving police officers the chance to virtually stand in someone else’s shoes.
The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has launched a program to provide empathy-based training by simulating scenarios with people who are experiencing mental health issues.
Trainees use a VR headset to enter into a virtual world where they will have access to three different modules: autism, schizophrenia and suicide prevention.”
By John Lesavage/CBC News
Image & Video: Associated Press
Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/halton-police-virtual-reality-1.5376107
“The Melbourne-based Pedia Greek School has set a new precedent in the language learning community with an immersive program that teaches students using virtual reality.
In conjunction with the company ImmerseMe — which provides the virtual reality modules — the school is providing students with a virtual environment where they “immerse” themselves in everyday social situations and practice Greek conversation skills.
The Pedia Greek School is Australia’s first community language school to create such a program.”
Image & video by ImmerseMe
By Darden Livesay at Pappaspost.com
Read more: https://www.pappaspost.com/australian-greek-school-virtual-reality/
“A trial conducted by social enterprise The Cornerstone Partnership has yielded promising results in enabling social care workers to better understand the trauma of children in care.
A year-long trial that saw virtual reality programs implemented across multiple local authorities and social care organisations in the UK has shown that immersive VR experiences used in social care training enabled frontline staff to gain a better understanding of the trauma and neglect children in care have experienced.
This, in turn, led to improvements in the communication between children and their carers.”
Image & video by VISYON
By Ben Sullivan at the Big Issue
Read more: https://www.bigissue.com/latest/social-workers-are-using-vr-to-experience-the-lives-of-children-in-care/
“Chinese and Western medicine is being improved by VR applications, with acupuncture students using 3D body maps and surgeons tackling tumours conventional medicine cannot reach.
The innovative programme, which began in May, is teaching students at China’s top Chinese medicine university acupuncture using virtual reality (VR).
Their professor, Cheng Kai, said the system, BodyMap – developed by Augmented Intelligence in the American state of Virginia – can be used both on campus and remotely.”
Video & Image by South China Morning Post
By Elaine YauElaine Yau at South China Morning Post
Read more: https://m.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/article/2169092/virtual-reality-helps-chinese-medicine-students-learn
“A clinician-driven virtual learning platform, tailored to young adults on the autism spectrum, results in improved social competency, a pilot study shows.
The findings, from researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, in collaboration with co-leading authors at George Washington University and Yale, reveal that increases in socio-emotional and socio-cognitive abilities correlate with brain change.
Results included increased activation in the right posterior superior temporal sulcus, the brain’s socio-cognition hub, with gains linked to improvement on an empathy measure.”
by Dan Modano, Reliawire
Read more: https://brainhealth.utdallas.edu/research-topic/autism/
“Researchers [at the University of Malta] are using VR as an empathy tool to help neurotypical teachers understand their students with autism.
The researchers created a VR application that would help replicate the experience of an autistic child in their classroom, by the use of audio and visual tricks.
The person from whose perspective the film is shot sometimes doesn’t fully process stimuli, and a sense of distress is conveyed by a blurring of peripheral vision.”
By Rachel Kaser at The Next Web
Image: University of Malta
Read more: https://thenextweb.com/virtual-reality/2018/04/05/researchers-using-vr-help-teachers-understand-autism/
“The University of Newcastle (Australia) is using virtual and augmented reality technologies to transform how nursing and midwifery trainees learn.
Under the university’s ‘Road to Birth’ pilot project, students at Newcastle University’s School of Nursing & Midwifery … are being guided visually through the internal stages of childbearing.
It is designed for use as an adjunct to the current pedagogical approaches to teaching.”
By Byron Connolly, CIO Australia
Image: University of Newcastle
Read more: https://www.cio.com.au/article/634416/how-virtual-reality-transforming-learning-university-newcastle/
“You could be forgiven for thinking that after adopting nine children over the past 27 years, Sue Clifford has seen it all in terms of training for working with vulnerable young people who have experienced abuse and trauma.
But she had never tried Virtual Reality until a new Restorative Caring pilot by the Cornerstone Project was launched.
The pilot programme, currently in its first wave of partnerships, puts adopters like Sue and foster carers and social workers in the mind of a child as they experience abuse and neglect.
She says she found the experience invaluable when going forward with her children.”
By Luke Stevenson, Community Care
Read more: http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2018/02/08/virtual-reality-can-help-give-social-workers-adopters-carers-new-insight-child-abuse/
“For kids with sensory challenges like autism, everyday experiences like popping down to the supermarket, crossing the road or swimming in the sea can be absolutely terrifying.
But one Christchurch school has introduced something to try and bridge this gap.
With help from electronics giant Samsung, Allenvale School got hold of some virtual reality goggles.
And they’re proving a much needed portal for 10-year-old Kingston Friggin to enjoy school, where he once hated it.”
By Seven Sharp at TV New Zealand
Read more: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/virtual-reality-technology-helping-kids-sensory-challenges-like-autism-v1
“UCLA researchers are the first to blend virtual reality with a surgically implanted prosthesis to reveal what happens in the brain when people create memories.
At UCLA, Nanthia Suthana is one of the first neuroscientists in the world to harness the power of VR to unravel how someone’s brain encodes and retrieves memories while the person explores a new virtual setting on foot.
“Without our memories, each of us would be lost in time and cut off from other people,” said Suthana, an assistant professor of neurosurgery and psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “At UCLA, we are the first to blend virtual reality with a surgically implanted prosthesis to reveal what happens inside the brain when we create memories.”
Thanks to her curiosity about how memories define us, Suthana’s advances in virtual reality have opened the door into an entirely new realm of brain research.”
By Elaine Schmidt at UCLA Newsroom
Read more: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/neuroscientist-harnesses-the-power-of-virtual-reality-to-unlock-the-mysteries-of-memory