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Fear of flying is a serious problem that affects millions of individuals. Exposure therapy for fear of flying is an effective therapy technique but is also expensive, is logistically difficult to arrange, and presents significant problems of patient confidentiality and potential embarrassment. We have developed a virtual airplane that represents a potential solution to many current problems of fear of flying exposure therapy. This article describes the design of the virtual airplane and presents a case report on its use.
virtual reality, virtual environments, exposure therapy, fear of flying
Dan Opdyke, Barbara O. Rothbaum, G. Drew Kessler, Benjamin A. Watson, Larry F. Hodges, "Virtually Conquering Fear of Flying", IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 16, no. , pp. 42-49, November 1996, doi:10.1109/38.544071
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