Virtual reality treatment versus exposure in vivo: a comparative evaluation in acrophobia.

  title={Virtual reality treatment versus exposure in vivo: a comparative evaluation in acrophobia.},
  author={Paul M. G. Emmelkamp and Merel Krijn and Alexander M Hulsbosch and S de Vries and Martijn J. Schuemie and Charles A P G van der Mast},
  journal={Behaviour research and therapy},
  volume={40 5},
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of low-budget virtual reality (VR) exposure versus exposure in vivo in a between-group design in 33 patients suffering from acrophobia. The virtual environments used in treatment were exactly copied from the real environments used in the exposure in vivo program. VR exposure was found to be as effective as exposure in vivo on anxiety and avoidance as measured with the Acrophobia Questionnaire (AQ), the Attitude Towards Heights… CONTINUE READING
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