This is the first case report to test the efficacy of computer-generated virtual reality (VR) for the treatment of acrophobia (fear of heights). The subject was a 19-year-old undergraduate student with a fear of heights, particularly of elevators. Twice weekly, sessions were conducted for 3 weeks, for a total of 5 sessions. Outcome was assessed on measures of anxiety, avoidance, attitude, distress, and included a behavioral avoidance test. VR graded exposure was successful in reducing fears of heights. VR graded exposure is proposed as a new medium for exposure therapy.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology