Applied virtual reality
Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy is a application of virtual reality within the field of health & psychology.
Exposure therapy is a form of psychological therapy where a patient, who has some irrational fear about an object or situation, is gradually exposed (also called systematic desensitization) to the object or situation that causes his or her’s phobic anxiety. By gradually feeding and increasing exposure to the patient, he or she ‘learns’ that the fears are irrational and how to deal with the object or situation of his or her phobia.
Exposure therapy that is done in reality is called ‘In-Vivo’. Academic research has proven that virtual reality exposure therapy can be as effective as exposure therapy in-vivo when the virtual reality experience is truly immersive and generates enough anxiety within the phobic patient.