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Issue No. 06 - November/December (2005 vol. 25)
ISSN: 0272-1716
pp: 31-37
Cristina Botella , Universitat Jaume I
Belen Guerrero , Universidad de Valencia
Rosa M. Ba? , Universidad de Valencia
Carlos Monserrat , Universidad Polit?cnica de Valencia
Mariano Alca? , Universidad Polit?cnica de Valencia
M. Carmen Juan , Universidad Polit?cnica de Valencia
ABSTRACT
Exposure in vivo and VR therapies have proven to be effective in the treatment of different psychological disorders such as acrophobia, claustrophobia, or phobia to small animals; however until now augmented reality (AR) has not been used in these treatments. AR shares some advantages with VR with respect to in vivo treatments. Nevertheless, there are differences between AR and VR: the feeling of presence and reality judgment could be greater in AR. This article presents an AR system for the treatment of phobia to spiders and cockroaches. It was tested on nine patients, five of whom had a phobia to cockroaches and four of whom had a phobia to spiders. After a single 60-minute session using our AR system, the patients were able to approach a real spider/cockroach, interact with it, and kill it by themselves.
INDEX TERMS
augmented reality, phobia to cockroaches/spiders, psychological treatments, virtual exposure
CITATION
Cristina Botella, Belen Guerrero, Rosa M. Ba?, Carlos Monserrat, Mariano Alca?, M. Carmen Juan, "Using Augmented Reality to Treat Phobias", IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 25, no. , pp. 31-37, November/December 2005, doi:10.1109/MCG.2005.143
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