Virtual Reality Solutions

Hodges, L; Rothbaum, B

Many people exhibit high levels of situational anxiety or phobias that can dramatically impact their lives. For example, many people are unable to move forward in their career due to panic when asked to speak in public or get on an airplane. Emory researcher Dr. Barbara Rothbaum recognized that certain virtual reality modules could help alleviate these symptoms and, in conjunction with behavioral therapy, can be used to overcome these phobias. Since 1999, Emory startup Virtually Better has been using these techniques to assist patients in overcoming their fears.