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Virtual Reality Based Schizophrenia Simulator

Jonathan Slotten, Denis Gracanin, Department of Computer and Information Science, Virginia Military Institute, 319 Letcher Ave, Lexington, VA 24450, USA.

Schizophrenia is a very misunderstood psychological disorder when it comes to what the patients experience and how it affects their lives. It is a severe psychological disorder that affects quality of life, social interactions, senses and the overall health of the person suffering. The symptoms of schizophrenia are commonly brought on by social interaction. Schizophrenia impedes social skills, such as "emotion processing, social perception, attributional bias, and theory of mind". We created a virtual reality simulation app using Unity game engine. The created virtual environment models an apartment, including a bedroom, living room and kitchen. The user can experience the symptoms of someone who is suffering from schizophrenia through several everyday life situations/scenarios. This includes auditory hallucinations, visual hallucinations, and other symptoms such as delusions and social perception deficiency. This can be used by students studying the disorder to learn about the disease in a way that would not otherwise be possible. This will also help the user to develop a sense of empathy and understanding about what patients suffer with, helping them in their medical or psychological careers. This could be the stepping stone to a variety of apps simulating different kinds of behaviors and symptoms. In the future, this concept could easily be used to produce virtual reality therapy and intervention tools with the help of medical or psychology professionals.




Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Jonathan Slotten

Institution: Virginia Military Institute

Type: Oral

Subject: Computer Science

Status: Approved


Time and Location

Session: Oral 8
Date/Time: Tue 5:00pm-6:00pm
Session Number: 815
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