19.2.07

Virtual simulation as therapy

A "virtual Iraq" simulation is being used as a treatment for US service personnel who have suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since returning from war in Iraq. The simulation recreates the sights, smells, sounds and jolts of the battlefield. During the treatment, "patients talk through their trauma with a therapist while wearing goggles that immerse them in a virtual reality battlefield", reports The Guardian. The software has been created by University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

The news in Spanish at El País.

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