Study provides first evidence that psychological therapy can be successfully delivered automatically in virtual reality (VR)

July 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today sees the publication in The Lancet Psychiatry of a pioneering clinical trial of automated virtual reality (VR) psychological therapy for fear of heights. Fear of heights is a significant problem for one in five people at some point in their lives, and most never receive treatment. Although VR has been used in the past for phobias, it has always required a therapist to guide the user through the treatment. Now a team led by Professor Daniel Freeman from the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry has developed a VR programme in which psychological therapy is delivered by a computer-generated virtual coach.…

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