Automated virtual reality therapy helps people overcome phobia of heights

Automated virtual reality therapy helps people overcome phobia of heights

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By: Nicola Davis | Automated virtual reality therapy helps people overcome phobia of heights | Neuroscience | The Guardian

Scientists hope computer programme which requires no human therapist could be used to treat other mental health problems

A fear of heights could be overcome with the help of a virtual therapist, new research suggests, with experts saying the findings boost hopes virtual reality could play a key role in tackling other mental health problems.

According to a 2014 YouGov survey, an aversion to heights is more common in the UK than a fear of spiders, snakes, or being on a plane, with 23% of British adults “very afraid” of heights and 35% a little afraid.

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