One for both the webVR/#webXR and the communities...

People suffering from delusions try to keep themselves safe from what they fear may hurt them — for example by not going outside.

They do stay safe, which reinforces this decision.

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Prof Daniel Freeman at Oxford and OxfordVR is using an lNIHR grant to see if virtual reality could help to break that cycle.

He wanted to give those people a safe way to explore the scene of the delusion (like going outside). And learn/test what’s safe.

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And for those of you who prefer podcasts...

I got this from BBC Radio4’s The History of Delusions. This is the episode on the Future:

bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001kbv

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That paper’s conclusion?

“Cognitive therapy using virtual reality could prove highly effective in treating delusions.”

Fascinating work.

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