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ERIC Number: EJ817234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Use of Virtual Reality Technology to Enhance Undergraduate Learning in Abnormal Psychology
Stark-Wroblewski, Kim; Kreiner, David S.; Boeding, Christopher M.; Lopata, Ashley N.; Ryan, Joseph J.; Church, Tina M.
Teaching of Psychology, v35 n4 p343-348 Oct 2008
We examined whether using virtual reality (VR) technology to provide students with direct exposure to evidence-based psychological treatment approaches would enhance their understanding of and appreciation for such treatments. Students enrolled in an abnormal psychology course participated in a VR session designed to help clients overcome the fear of flying. We assessed students' understanding of how cognitive behavioral, exposure-based therapies work, as well as their attitudes toward various forms of intervention, prior to and after their participation in the VR session. We found that incorporating firsthand experience with evidence-based psychological treatments, such as VR exposure for overcoming the fear of flying, can be useful in enhancing students' understanding of such treatments. (Contains 3 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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