Tag Archives: Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Soldiers being cured of PTSD with new virtual reality treatment (CTV News) with Dr “Skip” Rizzo, USC Institute for Creative Technologies


“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

Using virtual reality to conquer fears of sexual assault (Dr. Stephane Bouchard)


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

Out-of-body virtual scenarios ‘help social anxiety’ – Dr. Lina Gega (UEA)


“People suffering from social anxiety could be helped to overcome their fears by viewing themselves taking part in virtual scenarios, research from the University of East Anglia suggests.

New imaging technology allowed six participants to rehearse their behaviour in a range of social settings.

They were able to practice small talk and maintain eye contact, for example.

Researchers said it could be used with cognitive behavioural therapy.

UEA researchers created more than 100 different virtual scenarios, such as using public transport, buying a drink at a bar, socialising at a party, shopping, and talking to a stranger in an art gallery.

Paul Strickland, of Xenodu, the company behind the virtual environment system, said it was designed to cater for the needs of socially anxious people.

“It isn’t a head-mounted display, which anxious people may find uncomfortable.

“Instead, the user observes from an out-of-body perspective. They can then simultaneously view themselves and interact with the characters of the film.”

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22994671

More info: Virtual Environments using Video-Capture for Social Phobia with Psychosis (Gega L. et al. 2013) http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/cyber.2013.1510

Virtual reality environment helps treat offenders (BBC News) Dr. Peter Langdon (UEA)

“Offenders with psychological and behavioural problems are to be treated with a new virtual reality system, which puts them through a range of challenging scenarios, in a safe environment.

The system, called Pisces, has been designed by a virtual reality company called Xenodu from Hertfordshire, in conjunction with the medical school at Norwich’s University of East Anglia.

It is about to be used at the Broadland Clinic, a secure unit for up to 24 patients, near Norwich.”

BBC Look East’s Ian Barmer reports.

Virtual reality environment helps treat offenders


Virtual answer for the socially anxious (ITV News) Dr. Peter Langdon (UEA)

“Virtual reality technology allowing people to watch themselves in simulated social situations could help combat anxiety problems. The imaging gizmo invented by a company in Elstree in Hertfordshire is being trialled at an inpatient mental health clinic near Norwich.”

ITV’s Natalie Gray reports.

Virtual answer for the socially anxious