Virtual Reality and acrophobia

Maron, Patryk (2016) Virtual Reality and acrophobia. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Acrophobia, or fear of heights is the most common fear in the world, yet until this day it is difficult to cure due to physical and safety limitations, resulting in millions of people being unable to travel abroad, walk across bridges or use elevators. Virtual Reality exposure therapy offers a new form of psychological treatment that can aid acrophobic people effectively and more importantly safely. The purpose of this study is to investigate and ascertain that whether this type of treatment has potential of successful results and set a standard methodology across the field. This project has utilised cutting edge technologies such as full body motion capture and real time game engine to accomplish its goals and objectives. The analysis of the results in this study have found that Virtual Reality exposure treatment is a viable method for treating people with fear of heights, however there needs to be more data gathered of individual participants for a longer period of time in this particular area to discover long term effects of this treatment.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2016 16:52
    Last Modified: 15 Jul 2016 16:52
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21202

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