Development of virtual environment for treating acrophobia

Jeonghun Ku, Dong P. Jang, Minbo Shin, JoHang Joon, Heebum Ahn, Jaemin Lee, Baekhwan Cho, Sun I. Kim

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Abstract

Virtual Reality (VR) is a new technology that makes humans communicate with computer. It allows the user to see, hear, feel and interact in a three-dimensional virtual world created graphically. Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT), based on this sophisticated technology, has been recently used in the treatment of subjects diagnosed with acrophobia, a disorder that is characterized by marked anxiety upon exposure to heights, avoidance of heights, and a resulting interference in functioning. Conventional virtual reality system for the treatment of acrophobia has a limitation in scope that it is based on over-costly devices or somewhat unrealistic graphic scene. The goal of this study was to develop a inexpensive and more realistic virtual environment for the exposure therapy of acrophobia. We constructed two types virtual environment. One is constituted a bungee-jump tower in the middle of a city. It includes the open lift surrounded by props beside tower that allowed the patient to feel sense of heights. Another is composed of diving boards which have various heights. It provides a view of a lower diving board and people swimming in the pool to serve the patient stimuli upon exposure to heights.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 2001 - Outer Space, Inner Space, Virtual Space
PublisherIOS Press
Pages250-252
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)1586031430, 9781586031435
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001 Jan 1
Event2001 Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference: Outer Space, Inner Space, Virtual Space, MMVR 2001 - Newport Beach, CA, United States
Duration: 2001 Jan 242001 Jan 27

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume81
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

Other2001 Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference: Outer Space, Inner Space, Virtual Space, MMVR 2001
CountryUnited States
CityNewport Beach, CA
Period01/01/2401/01/27

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    Ku, J., Jang, D. P., Shin, M., Joon, J., Ahn, H., Lee, J., Cho, B., & Kim, S. I. (2001). Development of virtual environment for treating acrophobia. In Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 2001 - Outer Space, Inner Space, Virtual Space (pp. 250-252). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 81). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-60750-925-7-250