1 in 4: A fight against statistics

February 13, 2019 | Comments Off on 1 in 4: A fight against statistics

How immersive technology has the potential to accelerate our response in the global battle against mental illness

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Oxford VR awarded Immersive Healthcare of the Year for automated VR therapy

December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Oxford VR has been recognised at the Immersive Perspective Awards 2018, hosted by Virtual Perceptions, winning the Immersive Healthcare of the Year award. This follows a period of unprecedented growth for the business and a highly successful launch of its research into the use of immersive VR technology for mental health. The accolade comes on the back of research led by Oxford VR’s Chief Clinical Officer, Daniel Freeman, into the use of VR to deliver psychological therapy via a computer-generated virtual coach. The results of the research, which focused on fear of heights, were published in the Lancet Psychiatry to global acclaim.…

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

July 12, 2018 | 4 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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