PsychNology Journal, Volume 1, Number 2, 175 – 183

State of the art of virtual reality therapy (VRT) in phobic disorders

Stéphane Roy
Unité de Thérapie Comportementale et Cognitive, Service Hospitalo-Universitaire, Sainte-Anne Hospital, Paris, France

 

ABSTRACT

Virtual reality (VR) offers today a new paradigm for human-computer interaction, in which users are no longer simply external observers of images on a computer screen, but active participants within a computer-generated three-dimensional world. Most of the psychological therapies carried out with the help of virtual reality rely on the principle of exposure. This review surveys the state of the art in the field of virtual reality therapy (VRT). After we have presented what is VR and some pilot studies, stakes and limits of the utilization of VR in psychotherapy will be discussed.

 

KEYWORDS

phobic disorders, virtual reality therapy, psychotherapy. .

 

CITE AS

Roy S. (2003). State of the art of virtual reality therapy (VRT) in phobic disorders. PsychNology Journal, 1(2), 176 – 183. Retrieved [month] [day], [year], from www.psychnology.org.

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