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Title: Virtual environments design assessment for the treatment of claustrophobia
Authors: Christofi, Maria 
Michael-Grigoriou, Despina 
Keywords: Claustrophobia;Virtual environments;Virtual Reality
Category: Arts
Field: Humanities
Issue Date: 28-Feb-2017
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Source: 22nd International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17-21 October
metadata.dc.doi: 10.1109/VSMM.2016.7863215
Abstract: Virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET), can help the lives of many people. Its advantages over other treatment methods for psychological disorders and more specifically phobias, like its cost effectiveness and control, make it the method that we should focus on. Claustrophobia is the phobia that we have studied. Creating suitable claustrophobic virtual environments (VEs) for patients to get immersed in, is crucial if we want to eventually treat them only with the use of VRET. We designed and developed a virtual reality (VR) framework that allows us to investigate whether VR can reproduce anxiety due to claustrophobic aspects and investigate which characteristics of the virtual environments design contribute to this. Three characteristics (space openness, tidiness and color) have been investigated through this study with our results indicating that they may affect the feeling of anxiety.
ISSN: 9781467389938
Rights: © 2016 IEEE.
Type: Conference Papers
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