02 september 2007

VR Psy

The new Freud is here... (where ?)
The Laboratory for Virtual Reality, Psychology, Rehabilitation, and Social Neuroscience at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies is engaged in a broad program of research on the brain mechanisms that underlie neurocognitive functioning and emotion regulation in persons throughout the life course. We make use of Virtual and Augmented Reality to study associations between the essential neural correlates of cognitive functioning and emotion regulation to assess the mechanisms of brain-behavior relations. Included among the disorders we have recently studied are mood and anxiety disorders, stroke, mild traumatic brain injury, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer's, and pain distraction. We believe that the use of Virtual and Augmented Reality are essential components in the evolution of medical and psychological sciences in the digital age. As with any technology applied in these areas, both challenges and opportunities will emerge in how Virtual and Augmented Reality are usefully applied and validated. The development of archetypical virtual environments (i.e., offices, homes, social environments, etc.) will likely continue as Virtual and Augmented Reality are applied to a wider range of clinical and scientific research questions in the future.

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