The development of a virtual reality environment to model the experience of schizophrenia

Tichon, Jennifer, Banks, Jasmine and Yellowlees, Peter (2003). The development of a virtual reality environment to model the experience of schizophrenia. In: Computational Science - ICCS 2003: Proceedings Part III. International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS 2003), Melbourne, Australia, (11-19). 2- 4 June 2003. doi:10.1007/3-540-44863-2_2


Author Tichon, Jennifer
Banks, Jasmine
Yellowlees, Peter
Title of paper The development of a virtual reality environment to model the experience of schizophrenia
Conference name International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS 2003)
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 2- 4 June 2003
Proceedings title Computational Science - ICCS 2003: Proceedings Part III   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Computational Sicence - Iccs 2003, Pt Iii, Proceedings   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher Springer-Verlag
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1007/3-540-44863-2_2
ISBN 978-3-540-40196-4
ISSN 0302-9743
1611-3349
Volume 2659
Start page 11
End page 19
Total pages 9
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Virtual Reality (VR) techniques are increasingly being used for education about and in the treatment of certain types of mental illness. Research indicates that VR is delivering on its promised potential to provide enhanced training and treatment outcomes through incorporation of this high-end technology. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder affecting 1-2% of the population, and it is estimated 12-16% of hospital beds in Australia are occupied by patients with psychosis. Tragically, there is also an increased risk of suicide associated with this diagnosis. A,significant research project being undertaken across the University of Queensland faculties of Health Sciences and EPSA (Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture) has constructed a number of virtual environments that reproduce the phenomena experienced by patients who have psychosis. Symptoms of psychosis include delusions, hallucinations and thought disorder. The VR environment will allow behavioral, exposure therapies to be conducted with exactly controlled exposure stimuli and an expected reduction in risk of harm. This paper reports on the current work of the project, previous stages of software development and the final goal to introduce VR to medical consulting rooms.
Subjects 080111 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
11 Medical and Health Sciences
Keyword Virtual reality
Schizophrenia
Virtual environments
Psychosis patients
Medical consulting rooms
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Proceedings in 'Lecture Notes in Computer Science' Book series.

 
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