Journal article

A high-fidelity virtual environment for the study of paranoia.

Matthew R Broome, Eva Zányi, Thomas Hamborg, Elmedin Selmanovic, Silvester Czanner, Max Birchwood, Alan Chalmers, Swaran P Singh

Schizophr Res Treatment | Published : 2013

Abstract

Psychotic disorders carry social and economic costs for sufferers and society. Recent evidence highlights the risk posed by urban upbringing and social deprivation in the genesis of paranoia and psychosis. Evidence based psychological interventions are often not offered because of a lack of therapists. Virtual reality (VR) environments have been used to treat mental health problems. VR may be a way of understanding the aetiological processes in psychosis and increasing psychotherapeutic resources for its treatment. We developed a high-fidelity virtual reality scenario of an urban street scene to test the hypothesis that virtual urban exposure is able to generate paranoia to a comparable or g..

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