Fighting Fear with Virtual Reality
June 2011 in Kirkland, WA
Whether it's the fear of spiders or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from events such as military combat or 9/11, fear can severely hinder a person's way of life.
Therapists now use virtual reality to fight peoples' phobias by exposing patients to computer simulations of the objects, situation, or memories they have been avoiding.Dr. Hunter Hoffman, Director of UW's Virtual Reality Research Center, discusses how virtual reality exposure therapy is changing the way we can confront and overcome our fears.