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
‘Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy to combat PTSD’
‘VR Will Treat Stress in Iraq War Vets’
‘Virtual Iraq’ Combats Horrors of War for Troops with PTSD
‘Computer Simulation and Virtual Reality in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders’