Psychological therapy delivered in virtual reality has shown promising results in a pioneering study
Successful psychological therapy delivered in virtual reality - health technology science news

In a pioneering study with 100 participants, scientists have shown that it is possible to deliver psychological therapy delivered in virtual reality. The therapy was designed to treat fear of heights, not with a human therapist present, but by a computer-generated virtual coach. The treatment is personalized and interactive due to voice recognition technology. Participants in the study had fear of height for more than 30 years, and underwent five sessions of two hours each. All participants showed fear reduction, on average with 68%, and more than half over 75%. These results are superior to those obtained by even the best psychological intervention, demonstrating that therapy delivered in virtual reality might see a golden future.

Read the full story: University of Oxford
Scientific publication: The Lancet Psychiatry