“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
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Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/halton-police-virtual-reality-1.5376107
“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.”
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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
Photo: Stanford University
“Anyone who wants to learn how to use virtual reality to hack the human brain usually ends up visiting Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University.
The growing number of companies crowding into the virtual reality business doesn’t bother Bailenson. On the contrary, he’s thrilled by the recent surge of VR technological innovation that has allowed his lab to now replace its older $40,000 headset with a $350 Oculus Rift DK2 headset.
That’s because he focuses on how to create VR experiences that have enough of a psychological impact to transform education, medicine, job training and even empathy training.”
By Jeremy Hsu at IEEE Spectrum
Read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/consumer-electronics/portable-devices/virtual-reality-pioneer-looks-beyond-entertainment
Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University: https://vhil.stanford.edu/