A virtual environment to simulate the experience of psychosis

Banks, Jasmine Elizabeth, Tichon, Jennifer, Ericksson, Geoffery, Ivermee, Sean, Burrage, Kevin, & Yellowlees, Peter (2003) A virtual environment to simulate the experience of psychosis. In Sun, Changming, Talbot, Hugues, Ourselin, Sebastian, & Adriaansen, Tony (Eds.) Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications, Australian Pattern Recognition Society, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, pp. 869-878.

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Psychosis is a mental disorder that affects 1-2% of the population at some point in their lives. One of the main causes of psychosis is the mental illness schizophrenia. Sufferers of this illness often have terrifying symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorder. This project aims to develop a virtual environment to simulate the experience of psychosis, focusing on re-creating auditory and visual hallucinations.

A model of a psychiatric ward was created and the psychosis simulation software was written to re-create the auditory and visual hallucinations of one particular patient. The patient was very impressed with the simulation, and commented that it effectively re-created the same emotions that she experienced on a day-to-day basis during her psychotic episodes.

It is hoped that this work will result in a useful educational tool about schizophrenia, leading to improved training of clinicians, and fostering improved understanding and empathy toward sufferers of schizophrenia in the community, ultimately improving the quality of life and chances of recovery of patients.

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ID Code: 55340
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Virtual Environment, psychosis, Scene graph
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Virtual Reality and Related Simulation (080111)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 The Authors
Copyright Statement: All electronic redistribution rights reserved by the Australian Pattern Recognition Society, 2003
Paper Copyrights to their respective authors.
First Published in December 2003
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2012 03:25
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 08:54

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