Virtual reality

What is virtual reality?

Virtual reality is a modern computerised real-time technology using graphics, sounds and other sensory input, which creates an interactive computer-mediated world. Virtual reality applications have been primarily used for the assessment and treatment of anxieties and phobias. More recently they have been used to examine the perception of emotion and the emotional responses of people with schizophrenia during simulated social encounters, with the aim of improving social skills, cognitive functioning, and treatment adherence.

What is the evidence for virtual reality?

Moderate to low quality evidence finds no benefit of virtual reality training for cognition, social skills, acceptability of treatment or study retention.

September 2020

Last updated at: 11:36 pm, 26th July 2021
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