Constructing the hallucinations of psychosis in Virtual Reality

Jasmine Banks, Geoffery Ericksson, Kevin Burrage, Peter Mackinlay Yellowlees, Scan Ivermee, Jennifer Tichon

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Abstract

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. The suicide rate for patients with this diagnosis is higher than that of the general population. Any technique which enhances training and treatment of this disorder will have a significant societal and economic impact. A significant research project using Virtual Reality (VR), in which both visual and auditory hallucinations are simulated, is currently being undertaken at the University of Queensland. The virtual environments created by the new software are expected to enhance the experiential learning outcomes of medical students by enabling them to experience the inner world of a patient with psychosis. In addition the Virtual Environment has the potential to provide a technologically advanced therapeutic setting where behavioral, exposure therapies can be conducted with exactly controlled exposure stimuli with an expected reduction in risk of harm. This paper reports on the current work of the project, previous stages of software development and future educational and clinical applications of the Virtual Environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Network and Computer Applications
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Exposure therapy
  • Hallucination
  • Schizophrenia
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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