“A virtual reality project is helping elderly people with dementia by recreating moments from the 1950s.
Care home residents in Surrey have been using cardboard headsets to watch a 360-degree video immersing them in the Queen’s Coronation Day celebrations from 1953.
Anyone can experience ‘The Wayback’ film for free using a phone and a cardboard headset.”
By Gemma Evans, Sky News
Image: The Wayback and Sky News
Read more: https://news.sky.com/story/dementia-patients-use-virtual-reality-to-relive-famous-1950s-moment-11212972
Link to The Wayback project: http://thewaybackvr.com
“Created at the University of Southern California’s Medical Virtual Reality Lab, SimCoach is just one of several initiatives the lab has pioneered for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
‘The safe environment really is the idea of giving people opportunities to interact with this content, either in a therapy context or in private,’ says Skip Rizzo, the lab’s director and a clinical psychologist.
‘It’s totally confidential, there’s no tracking, there’s no monitoring of the system, people can ask this virtual agent questions about post-traumatic stress. The agent can ask them questions about the types of symptoms that they are experiencing and give a little feedback as to how difficult it might be for them.”
In another form of exposure therapy pioneered by Dr Rizzo and his team, a software system called Bravemind provides a sophisticated, lifelike virtual reality environment for helping patients revisit the scene of trauma.”
By Antony Funnell at ABC Radio Nation
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/virtual-therapies-treating-real-world-trauma/6892542