Virtual Reality in Psychology

In Joe Donnelly‘s most recent entry in Vice Gaming‘s “Mental Health Bar” series, Research Professor Albert “Skip” Rizzo talks about the medical applications of virtual reality games.

Rizzo is Director for Medical Virtual Reality at the University of Southern California. He mostly works with VR and post-traumatic stress disorder, but has also found applications in helping people with autism and ADHD.

Donnelly’s article covers Rizzo’s research and details how it works. He describes Bravemind, a total conversion mod of Full Spectrum Warrior created at USC that Rizzo uses for his post-traumatic stress patients and discusses how VR entering the consumer market has helped curb expenses.

Donnelly’s previous article in the “Mental Health Bar” series covered games by the indie developer Eli Piilonen, whose games often deal with clinical depression.

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