Creation of 4 virtual environments
for the treatment of social phobia (2001-2003)
Patrick Légeron (Unité de thérapie comportementale et cognitive, hôpital St Anne Paris, France)
Stéphane Roy (Unité de thérapie comportementale et cognitive, hôpital St Anne Paris, France)
Françoise Lauer (Stimulus, Paris, France)
Evelyne Klinger (Institut des Sciences de la matière et du rayonnement - GREYC, Caen, France)
Isabelle Chemin (Institut des Sciences de la matière et du rayonnement - GREYC, Caen, France)
Pierre Nugues (LTH, Department of computer science, Lund, Suede)
More information about the whole french work : www.greyc.unicaen.fr/vepsy/
The presented work was supported by the comission of European communities (CEC), specifically by the IST program through the VEPSY Updated (IST-2000 25323) research project (http://www.vepsy.com).
Social phobia is an anxious desorder that is now the object of an intensive research. Traditionnaly, exposure therapies are done either in vivo or by imaging them.
Virtual therapy (VR) seems to bring significant advantages. It allows exposures to numerous situations and this through the creation of a strong feeling of presence in the situation. Studies have shown that human subjects are appropriately sensitive to virtual environments.
In that project Isabelle Chemin was involved as designer.
Have a lookon the four virtual worlds