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Alexandria, Virginia
Mar. 25, 2006 to Mar. 29, 2006
ISBN: 1-4244-0224-7
pp: 67-72
Jarrell Pair , University of Southern California
Brian Allen , University of Southern California
Matthieu Dautricourt , University of Southern California
Anton Treskunov , University of Southern California
Matt Liewer , University of Southern Californi
Ken Graap , Virtually Better, Inc., 2450 Lawrenceville Hwy., Suite 101, Decatur, GA.
Greg Reger , United States Army, 98th MED DET (CSC), Tallil AB, LSA Adder, Iraq
ABSTRACT
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is reported to be caused by traumatic events that are outside the range of usual human experiences including (but not limited to) military combat, violent personal assault, being kidnapped or taken hostage and terrorist attacks. Initial data suggests that 1 out of 6 Iraq War veterans are exhibiting symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD. Virtual Reality (VR) exposure treatment has been used in previous treatments of PTSD patients with reports of positive outcomes. The aim of the current paper is to present the rationale, technical specifications, application features and user-centered design process for the development of a Virtual Iraq PTSD VR therapy application. The VR treatment environment is being created via the recycling of virtual graphic assets that were initially built for the U.S. Army-funded combat tactical simulation scenario and commercially successful X-Box game, Full Spectrum Warrior, in addition to other available and newly created assets. Thus far we have created a series of customizable virtual scenarios designed to represent relevant contexts for exposure therapy to be conducted in VR, including a city and desert road convoy environment. User-Centered tests with the application are currently underway at the Naval Medical Center-San Diego and within an Army Combat Stress Control Team in Iraq with clinical trials scheduled to commence in February 2006.
INDEX TERMS
Virtual Reality, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Exposure Therapy, Full Spectrum Warrior, Clinical Interface
CITATION
Jarrell Pair, Brian Allen, Matthieu Dautricourt, Anton Treskunov, Matt Liewer, Ken Graap, Greg Reger, "A Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Application for Iraq War Post Traumatic Stress Disorder", VR, 2006, Virtual Reality Conference, IEEE, Virtual Reality Conference, IEEE 2006, pp. 67-72, doi:10.1109/VR.2006.23
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