Making psychological treatment more effective through VR

By providing treatment programs with the same conditions, surroundings and possible actions that a real world situation would have, the patient can experience and face their fears without leaving the room.

The first experiments of VR therapy were conducted in the early 1990s. Research has since shown remarkable effects and results.

Providing the same effect

Although the patient knows the virtual world is not real, the body and mind responds and reacts as if it was [1].

Equivalent or better results

VR therapy gives equivalent results as traditional therapy and has even outperformed it in some aspects [2][4].

Faster patient progression

Patients may progress through the treatment hierarchy more rapidly in VR therapy due to the perception of increased control and safety in the treatment sessions [2].

Favourable therapy method

More than 80% of subjects with specific phobias choose VR over real-life exposure, suggesting that VR therapy could increase the number of treatment seeking phobics [5].

Providing absolute control

VR therapy allows absolute control over the treatment session; exposure stimuli, environments, actions and design, even more so than in traditional in vivo therapy [3].

Enabling complex scenarios

VR therapy can recreate complex scenarios or present inaccessible objects that could be impossible in real life, allowing the patient to work with specific traumatic memories or fears [4].