Auditory-visual virtual reality as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for cynophobia

Abstract : Traditionally, virtual reality exposure-based treatment concentrates primarily on the presentation of a high fidelity visual experience. However, adequately combining the visual and the auditory experience provides a powerful tool to enhance sensory processing and modulate attention. We present the design and usability testing of an auditory-visual interactive environment for investigating virtual reality exposurebased treatment for cynophobia. The specificity of our application is that it involves 3D sound, allowing the presentations and spatial manipulation of a fearful stimulus in the auditory modality, in the visual modality, and both. We conducted an evaluation test with 10 dog fearful participants in order to assess the capacity of our auditory-visual virtual environment to generate fear reactions. The specific perceptual characteristics of the dog model that were implemented in the virtual environment were highly arousing, suggesting that virtual reality is a promising tool to treat cynophobia.
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Journal of Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation, iACTOR, 2013, 16 (2), pp.145-152
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Clara Suied, George Drettakis, Olivier Warusfel, Isabelle Viaud-Delmon. Auditory-visual virtual reality as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for cynophobia. Journal of Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation, iACTOR, 2013, 16 (2), pp.145-152. 〈hal-00920871〉

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