Open Access, Peer-reviewed

ISSN 2005-7571 (Online)
Volume 14, Number 1 (1/2007)
Review Article <page. 28-41 >

Virtual Reality in Current and Future Psychiatry

Kyung Ryeol Cha, MD, MPH; and Chan-Hyung Kim, MD, PhD

Department of Psychiatry and Institute of Behavioral Science in Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Virtual reality technology is now being used in neuropsychological assessment and real-world applications of many psychiatric disorders, including anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, child psychiatric disorders, dementia, and substance related disorders. These applications are growing rapidly due to recent evolution in both hardware and software of virtual reality. In this paper, we review these current applications and discuss the future work of clinical, ethical, and technological aspects needed to refine and expand these applications to psychiatry.

Key words : Virtual reality;Psychiatry;Therapy;Diagnosis;Research.


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