Do conversations with virtual avatars increase feelings of social anxiety?

  title={Do conversations with virtual avatars increase feelings of social anxiety?},
  author={Mark B Powers and Nicole F Briceno and Robert Gresham and Ernest N. Jouriles and Paul M. G. Emmelkamp and Jasper A J Smits},
  journal={Journal of anxiety disorders},
  volume={27 4},
Virtual reality (VR) technology provides a way to conduct exposure therapy with patients with social anxiety. However, the primary limitation of current technology is that the operator is limited to pre-programed avatars that cannot be controlled to interact/converse with the patient in real time. The current study piloted new technology allowing the operator to directly control the avatar (including speaking) during VR conversations. Using an incomplete repeated measures (VR vs. in vivo… CONTINUE READING
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