Treatment of earthquake-related posttraumatic symptoms with virtual reality (2012)
Type of ContentConference Contributions - Other
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury. Human Interface Technology Laboratory
University of Canterbury. Psychology
University of Canterbury. School of Health Sciences
After major earthquakes, many people suffer from posttraumatic symptoms (PTS) as well as anxiety and distress about ongoing aftershocks. Traditional treatments such as in vivo or imaginal exposure may be of limited applicability for earthquake-related symptoms while others such as cognitive behavioural therapy may not be short enough to deal with the many people needing rapid help after mass disasters. This project aims to examine how virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) can help people to reduce PTS and strengthen resilience against traumatic stressors. VRET systems are cost-effective, relatively easy to deploy and enable short, focused interventions.
CitationDünser, A., Carter, J., Dorahy, M., Britt, E. (2012) Treatment of earthquake-related posttraumatic symptoms with virtual reality. Brussels, Belgium: 17th Annual CyberPsychology and CyberTherapy Conference, 25-28 Sep 2012.
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Keywordsearthquake; PTSD; resilience; virtual reality; haptic feedback
ANZSRC Fields of Research17 - Psychology and Cognitive Sciences::1701 - Psychology::170106 - Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
16 - Studies in Human Society::1607 - Social Work::160702 - Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
08 - Information and Computing Sciences::0801 - Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing::080111 - Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
04 - Earth Sciences::0403 - Geology::040313 - Tectonics
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