Use of Virtual Reality as Therapeutic Tool for Behavioral Exposure in the Ambit of Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment.

We hereby present a study whose aim is to evaluate the efficiency and flexibility of virtual reality as a therapeutic tool in the confines of a social phobia behavioural therapeutic program. Our research protocol, accepted by the ethical commission of the cantonal hospices’ psychiatry service, is identical in content and structure for each patient. This study’s second goal is to use the confines of virtual exposure to objectively evaluate a specific parameter present in social phobia, namely eye contact avoidance, by using an eye-tracking system. Analysis of our results shows that there is a tendency to improvement in both the questionnaires and eye contact avoidance.

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The 6th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies, 105-112
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International Conference Series on Disability, Virtual Reality, and Associated Technologies, Esbjerg, Denmark, 18-20 September 2006

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