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Artefact of Augmented Reality to Support the Treatment of Specific Phobias

Phobia is a type of anxiety disorder defined by a persistent and excessive fear of an object or situation. Currently, exposition treatment is the most practiced meth-od to treat phobias, although it comes with limitations. We can reduce these limi-tations by combining Augmented Reality techniques with the exposition treat-ment. Its benefits are a decrease in costs, versatility of the process and full control of the procedure by the therapist. As shown in multiple research, Augmented Re-ality has obtained interesting results in the treatment of psychological disorders serving as a foundation for the development of this project. The recent technolog-ical advances in the field also allowed for an easier access to Augmented Reality which is accessible to use even in old smartphones. Our goal is to develop an ar-tefact in conjunction with psychologists who treat phobic patients, to create a program to support the treatment of phobias with a gradual exposition system of the phobia. Their help will be essential to understand the most important require-ments needed for the program. We believe this system has the potential to im-prove the treatment of phobias serving as an extension to the current methods by providing comfort and efficiency.

Raul Vilas Boas
Universidade do Minho
Portugal

Lázaro Vinícius de Oliveira
Universidade do Minho
Portugal

Greice Zanini
Universidade do Minho
Portugal

Pedro Manuel Rangel Santos Henriques
Universidade do Minho
Portugal

 


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