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Clinical virtual reality in mental health and rehabilitation: A brief review of the future!
Author(s): Albert Skip Rizzo
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The paper details some of the history of Clinical Virtual Reality (VR) as it has evolved over the last 25 years and provides a brief overview of the key scientific findings for making a judgment regarding its value in the areas of mental health and rehabilitation. This write-up is designed be a companion piece to my SPIE keynote on the topic of, “Is Clinical Virtual Reality Ready for Primetime?” As such, the paper is packed with citations to key scientific research in this area that should provide readers who are interested in this topic with a roadmap for further exploration of the literature. After presenting a brief history of the area, a discussion follows as to the theory, research, and pragmatic issues that support the view that this VR use case is theoretically informed, has a large and convincing scientific literature to support its clinical application, and that recent technology advances and concomitant cost reductions have made clinical implementation feasible and pragmatically supported. The paper concludes with the perspective that Clinical VR applications will soon become indispensable tools in the toolbox of psychological researchers and practitioners and will only grow in relevance and popularity in the future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2019
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11002, Infrared Technology and Applications XLV, 110020Q (13 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2524302
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Albert Skip Rizzo, The Univ. of Southern California (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11002:
Infrared Technology and Applications XLV
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Charles M. Hanson, Editor(s)

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