Exploring virtual reality simulation for clinical purposes
It’s not unusual for people to escape into their imagination as a way of coping with real-life struggles, but for most, technology like video games and VR are just a diversion, a self-help way of relieving stress. Increasingly, however, mental health professionals are looking to capitalize on the tech that is already captivating so much of our attention, meeting patients where they are — often, on a screen.
The Medical Virtual Reality group at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, is devoted to the study and advancement of uses of virtual reality (VR) simulation technology for clinical purposes. It explores its use in diverse fields including psychology, medicine, neuroscience and physical and occupational therapy.