Advances in Life Science and Biotechnology

Overview for virtual reality (VR) researchers on the current use of VR to treat psychological problems


Maria De Salvo, Diego Begalli and Giovanni Signorello

Three-dimensional (3D) environments are increasingly being used to provide therapy to those suffering from mental health problems. Virtual environments can provide a safe and realistic simulation to expose patients to the cause of their problem. This paper presents a review of the use of 3D environments to assess and treat mental health problems. Within the review applications to treat mental health problems such as post-traumatic disorder, autism and phobias are described. The areas reviewed in this paper describe more recent works in the area of three-dimensional interfaces for the treatment of mental health problems.


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