Automated virtual reality therapy helps people overcome phobia of heights
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.