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Beyond Gaming: 10 Other Fascinating Uses for Virtual-Reality Tech


“Virtual-reality (VR) headsets are now being used in many industries as a way of training people or providing a new way to experience things.

Here are 10 ways virtual-reality technology is being used beyond gaming.”

1. Entertainment
2. Health care
3. Space
4. Museums
5. Automotive manufacturing
6. Education
7. Courtrooms
8. Meditation & Mental Health
9. Shopping
10. Military

By Knvul Sheikh at Live Science

Read more: http://www.livescience.com/53392-virtual-reality-tech-uses-beyond-gaming.html

2016 May Be The Year That Virtual Reality Can Treat Anxiety, Autism and PTSD (video)


“A new video from The Economist claims that 2016 will be the year of the “virtual reality takeover”.

Perhaps most interestingly, virtual reality isn’t all just fun and games; it’s expanded into the medical world, offering new therapies for people suffering from autism, anxiety, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The video describes the use of virtual reality exposure therapy for a former soldier suffering from PTSD, noting that it can help ease the mental illness.

“We’re helping patients to confront and process difficult emotional memories by putting them back in simulations of what they were traumatized in,” Skip Rizzo, a psychologist who works with virtual reality exposure therapy, said in the video.”

By Lecia Bushak at Medical Daily

Read more: http://www.medicaldaily.com/pulse/virtual-reality-takeover-2016-may-be-year-virtual-reality-can-treat-anxiety-autism-367204

Bravemind provides virtual reality therapy


“Freeman Health System’s Ozark Center in Joplin has three Bravemind devices— one for adults, one for children and another just for veterans.

The subject puts on headgear that has a 360-degree perspective and replicates for veterans desert scenes like they would have witnessed serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The virtual-reality machine is an extension of prolonged exposure therapy, where the veteran will re-experience a traumatic event repeatedly in a safe place while being counseled by a professional.

Engaging with the trauma allows patients to change their reaction to stimuli, desensitize the trauma and allow for healthy coping mechanisms.”

By Sofia Sanchez Salcedo at Neoshow Daily News

Read more: http://m.neoshodailynews.com/article/20151112/NEWS/151119579

Healthcare is now in our hands with advances in virtual reality


“I can set off a vehicle-born IED”. Dr Skip Rizzo, clinical psychologist at the University of Southern California, pushes a button on his keyboard to detonate a virtual car bomb in a computerised simulation of an Afghan market.

Wearing the much talked about “Oculus” headset, his accomplice Gary Marcus looks to his right to see a military jeep in flames, heeding two digital casualties thrown from the blast. Rizzo is demonstrating “Bravemind”, a virtual reality-based exposure therapy designed for returning soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

With a consumer version of Oculus on the horizon, it’s not difficult to envision the application of virtual reality based therapies being utilised in clinics around the globe.

It seems, therefore, that internet-based technology will continue to do for patients what it has already done for consumers in other fields: address the information imbalance between expert and customer, thus empowering patients to make educated decisions and take control of their own health care.

In the words of Dr. Rizzo, “the technology has finally caught up with the vision” – your future health will be quite literally in your own hands.”

By Conor Toale, Contributing Writer at University Times

Read more: http://www.universitytimes.ie/?p=31166&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=healthcare-is-now-in-our-hands

From bankers to first responders, virtual reality exposure therapy tackles PTSD


“So how can doctors and patients successfully treat PTSD? One exciting method, Dr. Jetly says, is a high-tech approach to exposure therapy. This method sees the therapist employ virtual-reality computer software to place the PTSD-affected subject in an environment similar to what caused the trauma in the first place.

“It can be hard on the subjects, who don’t want to revisit these events,” says Dr. Jetly. “But it does work.”

Another developing area of research focuses on decreasing the chances people develop PTSD in the first place. A program developed by the Canadian Forces teaches practical skills to enhance resiliency during and after a potentially traumatic event. The skills are similar to the visualization techniques used by elite athletes.”

By Dr. James Aw for National Post

Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/28/from-bankers-to-first-responders-ptsd-affects-more-people-than-we-admit/

How virtual therapy could help fight PTSD (VIDEO) Dr. Gale Lucas and Prof. Albert “Skip” Rizzo


Dr. Gale Lucas and Prof. Albert “Skip” Rizzo of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies explain to NBC News their big idea behind a computer named “Ellie” that has the ability to identify people at risk for PTSD. It’s called virtual therapy.

Watch the feature: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/watch/how-virtual-therapy-could-help-fight-ptsd-331592259645

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/gadgets/how-virtual-therapy-could-help-military-fight-ptsd-n168746

Research Study – Dr. Gale Lucas, The University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563214002647

The University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies: http://ict.usc.edu

How Virtual Therapy Could Help the Military Fight PTSD (video) – Dr. Gale Lucas


“In Afghanistan, a new therapist is talking with soldiers. Her name is Ellie, she is the face of a computer program and she could be the key to identifying PTSD in America’s military.

Equipped with a Microsoft Kinect motion sensor, she nods at the right time, urges patients on with a well-timed “uh-huh,” and knows when to stop talking. A study released earlier this month found that patients were more willing to open up to Ellie than to a human therapist, mostly because they felt like they were not being judged by the computer program.”


Read the full story: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/gadgets/how-virtual-therapy-could-help-military-fight-ptsd-n168746

Research Study – Dr. Gale Lucas, The University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563214002647

The University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies: http://ict.usc.edu

Virtual Reality Is Being Used to Treat Heroin Addiction (Video) – Prof. Patrick Bordnick


“Sometimes the only way to beat your demons is to face them, even if it’s in a simulated reality.

To help people overcome drug addiction, researchers at the University of Houston’s Graduate School of Social Work are building hyper-realistic virtual worlds to recreate situations that trigger cravings for nicotine, alcohol, weed, and now, hard drugs like heroin.”

By JORDAN PEARSON at Motherboard

Read the full article: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/virtual-reality-is-being-used-to-treat-heroin-addiction

University of Houston Virtual Reality Clinical Research Lab – Prof Patrick Bordnick: http://www.uh.edu/socialwork/New_research/VRCRL/



“I’m testing Bravemind, an immersive virtual reality exposure therapy session for returning veterans with PTSD. It’s all part of an attempt to treat military patients using a technique called “exposure therapy,” which conventionally consists of therapists talking their patients through guided encounters with environments like crowded marketplaces, automobiles, and indoor spaces where their initial trauma took place.”

BY NEAL UNGERLEIDER of Fastcoexist.com

Read more: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3031510/virutal-reality-for-vets-with-ptsd-recreates-the-smells-sounds-and-feelings-of-an-ied?fullsite

Ottawa turns to virtual reality to help treat veterans with PTSD (video)


“Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan has ended, but for many war veterans, the haunting memories can linger for years. That’s why the Canadian military is testing a new, high-tech therapy to help treat soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The virtual-reality software, developed for the U.S. military, re-creates the war in a controlled environment, with therapists hoping it will unlock traumatic memories and allow the healing process to begin.

“If PTSD is so difficult, it’s because people are constantly reliving these horrific scenes in a lot of vivid detail,” social worker Marianne Vincent told CTV News.”

By Corinne Ton That, CTVNews.ca

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/ottawa-turns-to-virtual-reality-to-help-treat-veterans-with-ptsd-1.1806029#ixzz30prf4pod