Can virtual reality exposure therapy gains be generalized to real-life? A meta-analysis of studies applying behavioral assessments.

@article{Morina2015CanVR,
  title={Can virtual reality exposure therapy gains be generalized to real-life? A meta-analysis of studies applying behavioral assessments.},
  author={Nexhmedin Morina and Hiske Ijntema and Katharina Meyerbr{\"o}ker and Paul M. G. Emmelkamp},
  journal={Behaviour research and therapy},
  year={2015},
  volume={74},
  pages={
          18-24
        }
}

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