Inside Virtual Iraq: Treating PTSD through virtual reality

I remember having read about this a couple of years ago, brought back to mind now while looking, on behalf of a business colleague, for relevant materials on the use of VR (and, ideally, of Second Life) in the treatment of psychological disorders.  I think I need to get more of such application areas into the latter part of the VR course.

The video speaks for itself; some readings and references follow.

Virtual Reality (Exposure) Therapy
» http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_reality_therapy

‘Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy to combat PTSD’
» http://www.army.mil/-news/2010/01/19/33128-virtual-reality-exposure-therapy-to-combat-ptsd/

‘VR Will Treat Stress in Iraq War Vets’
» http://www.usc.edu/uscnews/stories/11070.html

‘Virtual Iraq’ Combats Horrors of War for Troops with PTSD
» http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=51297

‘Computer Simulation and Virtual Reality in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders’
» http://ap.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/33/5/413

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About Christopher Hutchison

Museologist, cognitive dissident, political grouch, curmudgeonly bibliophage, and all round jolly nice chap.
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