How virtual reality is helping patients with phobias, anxiety disorders and more © Joseph Eddins/US Air Force

How virtual reality is helping patients with phobias, anxiety disorders and more

Published: 11th January, 2021 at 08:00
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Professor Daniel Freeman explains how VR can be used to treat a variety of mental health problems.

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For the next in the series, we speak to Daniel Freeman, a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford. Daniel has been working with virtual reality technology since 2001 and is a founder of Oxford VR, a University of Oxford spinout company.

He tells us about using virtual reality to treat mental health problems.

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Amy BarrettEditorial Assistant, BBC Science Focus

Amy is the Editorial Assistant at BBC Science Focus. Her BA degree specialised in science publishing and she has been working as a journalist since graduating in 2018. In 2020, Amy was named Editorial Assistant of the Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors. She looks after all things books, culture and media. Her interests range from natural history and wildlife, to women in STEM and accessibility tech.

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