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Issue No.07 - July (2014 vol.47)
pp: 31-37
Albert Rizzo , USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Arno Hartholt , USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Mario Grimani , USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Andrew Leeds , USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Matt Liewer , USC Institute for Creative Technologies
ABSTRACT
Virtual reality (VR) technology is rapidly evolving to support prolonged exposure (PE) therapy, a proven treatment for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Building on the successful 2007 Virtual Iraq/Afghanistan VRET system, a team of behavioral scientists, software engineers, and virtual artists has created Bravemind, a flexible VR system that offers significantly enhanced PE treatment possibilities. The first Web extra at http://youtu.be/EiYg-kMNMtQ is a video demonstration of an original early virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) prototype that shows a small section of an Iraqi city with a landing helicopter (2004). The second Web extra at http://youtu.be/_cS-ynWZmeQ is a video demonstration of VRET that simulates driving a Humvee in a rural part of Iraq, showcasing several encounters, including IED and road-side attacks (2007). The third Web extra at http://youtu.be/78QXX_F4mc8 is a video demonstration of VRET that simulates an overview of several Iraqi city areas (2007). The fourth Web extra at http://youtu.be/_AnixslkVLU is a video demonstration of VRET that simulates a patrol entering interior buildings in Iraq (2007). The fifth Web extra at http://youtu.be/S22aQ-DqKKU is a video demonstration of an original VRET tablet interface that allows the clinician to change virtual reality settings and trigger encounters (2007). The sixth Web extra at http://youtu.be/C-fspuLo4vw is a video demonstration of the Bravemind VRET prototype showing a variety of driving and dismounted scenarios with encounters in Iraq and Afghanistan (2013). The sixth Web extra at http://youtu.be/HSPDomDAigg is a video collection of Iraqi and Afghanistan VRET scenarios within the Bravemind prototype (2013).
INDEX TERMS
Medical treatment, Stress, Standards, Three-dimensional displays, Real-time systems, Virtual reality, Injuries,Bravemind, virtualization, military, visualization, posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD, virtual reality, prolonged exposure therapy, virtual reality exposure therapy, VRET, Virtual Iraq/Afghanistan VRET system, PTSD in medics, military sexual trauma, MST
CITATION
Albert Rizzo, Arno Hartholt, Mario Grimani, Andrew Leeds, Matt Liewer, "Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder", Computer, vol.47, no. 7, pp. 31-37, July 2014, doi:10.1109/MC.2014.199
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