Journal article

Virtual reality as a clinical tool in mental health research and practice

Imogen H Bell, Jennifer Nicholas, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Andrew Thompson, Lucia Valmaggia

Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience | INST CONFERENCE HIPPOCRATE | Published : 2020

Abstract

Virtual reality (VR) is a potentially powerful technology for enhancing assessment in mental health. At any time or place, individuals can be transported into immersive and interactive virtual worlds that are fully controlled by the researcher or clinician. This capability is central to recent interest in how VR might be harnessed in both treatment and assessment of mental health conditions. The current review provides a summary of the advantages of using VR for assessment in mental health, focusing on increasing ecological validity of highly controlled environments, enhancing personalization and engagement, and capturing real-time, automated data in real-world contexts. Considerations for t..

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