Show Summary Details
Page of

Virtual Reality in Exposure Therapy: The Next Frontier 

Virtual Reality in Exposure Therapy: The Next Frontier
Chapter:
Virtual Reality in Exposure Therapy: The Next Frontier
Author(s):

Eric Malbos

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199380183.003.0012
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 26 October 2021

This chapter reviews the emerging field of virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET). It introduces new tools available to the 21st-century therapist—head-mounted displays, motion trackers, and data gloves, which are all designed to allow patients to interact efficiently and realistically with three-dimensional representations of disorder-specific stimuli. The processes of habituation and extinction, which are thought to account for the effectiveness of traditional exposure therapy, work in virtual environments as well. Studies have shown some promise across a range of psychiatric disorders, including various phobias, other anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and even schizophrenia. With the necessary technology becoming more affordable and widely available, the assumption that the equipment needed to use VRET is too expensive will no longer hold. Instead, VRET may eventually contribute to savings in cost and time and to improved access to treatment.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.