The application of virtual reality to the understanding and treatment of schizophrenia

Tichon, Jennifer & Banks, Jasmine (2003) The application of virtual reality to the understanding and treatment of schizophrenia. In Palade, Vasile, Howlett, Robert J,, & Jain, Lakhmi (Eds.) Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 1064-1068.

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Virtual Reality (VR) techniques are increasingly being used in education about and in the treatment of certain types of mental illness. Research indicates VR is delivering on it's 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. A significant research project being undertaken at the University of Queensland has constructed virtual environments that reproduce the phenomena experienced by patients who have psychosis. 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 work of the project, previous stages of software development and current and future educational and clinical applications of the Virtual Environments.

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ID Code: 55393
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Book title: 7th International Conference, KES 2003, Oxford, UK, September 2003. Proceedings, Part I. Book subtitle: 7th International Conference, KES 2003, Oxford, UK, September 2003. Proceedings, Part I. Published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science.
Keywords: psychosis, virtual reality
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-45224-9_142
ISBN: 783540408031(online) 9783540408031 (print)
ISSN: 1611-3349 (online) 0302-9743 (print)
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 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2012 22:41
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2012 00:06

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