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Virtual reality therapy provides medical treatment alternative (incl. video)

“Phobias, those extreme or irrational fears people have of maybe heights, or spiders, can make normal life difficult for many sufferers.

But in Mexico, one student engineer has come up with an innovative way to treat patients’ conditions, using Virtual Reality (VR) technology to gradually expose them to their fears.

The VR technology reflects the reality that a patient is afraid of.

Fear of the dark is treated by gradually fading light within the headset, while patients with a fear of heights experience the simulation of gradually ascending from a virtual ground level.”

By Alasdair Baverstock, CGTN America

Read more: https://america.cgtn.com/2018/01/25/virtual-reality-therapy-provides-medical-treatment-alternative

Virtual reality spiders help arachnophobes see real spiders as smaller and less scary

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“A new study, published in the journal Biological Psychology, exposed participants with arachnophobia (a fear of spiders) first to real spiders and then to virtual ones.

There were two important findings – first that these “spider phobic” participants overestimated a spider’s size, secondly that this bias could then be reduced using VR.

Though it was already known that a fear of a particular object or event can increase your attention to it, this is the first time it has been shown that individuals with arachnophobia overestimate a spider’s size.”

By Melissa Hogenboom for BPS Research Digest

Read more: http://digest.bps.org.uk/2016/04/hanging-out-with-virtual-reality.html?m=1