Virtual reality as a therapeutic technique


Virtual reality can help people conquer their phobias

Take a walk down any street and out of every 10 people you pass, one will probably be afflicted by social phobia at some point in their life. Phobias may vary drastically in terms of their prevalence and severity, but they are rather more common than we realise. There are two known mechanisms that allow phobias to develop. The first is simply personal experience – so people who have been bitten by a dog, for example, learn to associate dogs with fear and danger. The second is the global media. Before the advent of the internet and rolling 24-hour news coverage, the only information about a tragedy would come from print newspapers, evening television news reports and hearsay. ….[READ]

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