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Monday, February 23, 2004

A (Virtual) Therapist's Dream
A company named Virtually Better, based in Georgia, creates virtual environments mixing video images and computer-generated ones to help people deal with their fears and anxieties. In this article, the New York Times (free registration) writes this costs only 10 percent more than conventional therapy.

The newspaper adds that therapists using this system claim a success rate exceeding 90 percent. Virtually Better "has created scenes of a glass elevator and a bridge to address fear of height, an airplane cabin for those who fear flying and a thunderstorm to diminish fear of bad weather."

Other environments address the treatment of substance addiction or of post-traumatic stress. This overview contains selected excerpts. It also includes images on the virtual airplane environment.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 4:51 PM

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