The Psychology of Fear: Virtual Reality vs. Fear-Based Pathology -- Skip Rizzo at Mindshare LA. The Psychology of Fear: Virtual Reality vs. Fear-Based Pathology
Skip Rizzo / Associate Director for Medical Virtual , Reality, USC ICT
War is perhaps one of the most challenging situations that a human being can experience. The incidence of the fear-based pathology, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in returning "Operation Enduring Freedom" and "Operation Iraqi Freedom" (OIF/OEF) military personnel has created a significant behavioral healthcare challenge. One emerging form of treatment for combat-related PTSD that has shown promise involves using immersive Virtual Reality for the delivery of exposure therapy (VRET). Skip will detail how virtual reality applications are being designed and implemented to prevent, identify and treat combat-related PTSD in OIF/OEF service members and veterans.
Albert "Skip" Rizzo is a clinical psychologist and Associate Director at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies. He is also a research professor with the USC Dept. of Psychiatry and at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Skip conducts research on the design, development and evaluation of Virtual Reality systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment and rehabilitation across the domains of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning and treating PTSD, TBI, Autism, ADHD, Alzheimer's disease, stroke and other clinical conditions. In his spare time, he plays rugby, listens to music, rides his motorcycle.
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