Virtual reality technology, or what is called vr technology, and virtual reality technology is considered one of the most important technologies of the modern era, although it is not a new technology as some believe, but the rapid technical development has provided a great service to this technology, as the virtual reality technology allows to experiment with things that may be difficult for a person to try. in the real world,
A group of researchers used virtual reality as a potential tool in treating eating disorders, and they believe that virtual reality reduces patients’ feelings of fear and anxiety, allowing them to open up to therapists.
In a study published in the Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, researchers used “virtual reality exposure therapy”, a common behavioral therapy method used to control anxiety and fear, and the idea is that virtual reality techniques may make it easier for patients to undergo treatment.
Participants in the study as well as researchers were provided with head-mounted screens working with virtual reality technology, and they were introduced to each other within the virtual world, and the participants created and customized their avatars according to their own appearance, and they could change physical characteristics such as body shape, size, hair color and skin color. Themselves in default form.
Everyone was taken to a virtual environment, and the therapists asked the participants to examine every part of their bodies and make the adjustments they wanted, and were also asked to describe their thoughts, feelings and interests.
Participants edited their avatars as they progressed through their sessions, and became more open, and after the sessions, participants reported that they were not afraid of negative judgment from the therapists, perhaps because they felt respect for their personal space, and experts believe that the unique experience in virtual worlds encourages people to interact with professionals. Better health care.
And another study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, showed the ability of virtual reality to treat fear of heights, as those treated using virtual reality technology had lower levels of fear compared to other participants.
And the virtual reality allows the therapist to create a situation for the patient that will cause him anxiety, fear, etc.in real life, so that it is completely controlled, and in this way, the therapist can guide the patient through the situation, and these situations can be scaled so that the patient can know the correct responses, According to the Medical Daily website.
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