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The Use of Virtual Reality in Addiction Medicine

One of the demonstrations at this year’s Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 conference I can’t wait to see is the demonstration of Chris Culbertson (Neuroscience Ph.D. student) who will present how virtual reality can be used in addiction medicine:

Demonstration: Use of VR in Addiction Medicine. During the exposure, participants are encompassed within a sensory isolation apparatus, including a 32” LCD monitor and a surround-sound audio system.  Participants interact with the specially created virtual world in Second Life, run from a standard Dell PC, using a simple gaming remote control.  An additional monitor is placed outside of the apparatus for outside observation.

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This method can be used in behavioral pharmacology research and it also makes it possible to improve cognitive behavioral treatments and exam drug taking behavior in a naturalistic environment. Read more about it.

Further reading about this year’s MMVR17:

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