The development of a virtual reality environment to model the experience of schizophrenia

Tichon, Jennifer, Banks, Jasmine, & Yellowlees, Peter (2003) The development of a virtual reality environment to model the experience of schizophrenia. In Sloot, Peter M.A., Abramson, David, Bogdanov, Alexander V., Dongarra, Jack J., Zomaya, Albert Y., & Gorbachev, Yuriy E. (Eds.) Computational Science - ICCS 2003, Springer, Melbourne, VIC and St Petersburg, Russian Federation, pp. 11-19.

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Abstract

Virtual Reality (VR) techniques are increasingly being used for education about and in the treatment of certain types of mental illness. Research indicates that VR is delivering on its promised potential to provide enhanced training and treatment outcomes through incorporation of this high-end technology. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder affecting 1-2% of the population, and it is estimated 12-16% of hospital beds in Australia are occupied by patients with psychosis. Tragically, there is also an increased risk of suicide associated with this diagnosis. A significant research project being undertaken across the University of Queensland faculties of Health Sciences and EPSA (Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture) has constructed a number of virtual environments that reproduce the phenomena experienced by patients who have psychosis. Symptoms of psychosis include delusions, hallucinations and thought disorder. The VR environment will allow behavioral, exposure therapies to be conducted with exactly controlled exposure stimuli and an expected reduction in risk of harm. This paper reports on the current work of the project, previous stages of software development and the final goal to introduce VR to medical consulting rooms.

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ID Code: 55346
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: virtual reality, psychosis
ISBN: 3540401962
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 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2012 04:24
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 18:34

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