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Vol.3(1), pp. 1-10 , April 2014

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Virtual environments for mental health issues: A review

David Haniff
  • David Haniff
  • Pervasive Technology Lab (CIC) United Kingdom
  • Google Scholar
Alan Chamberlain
  • Alan Chamberlain
  • Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road, Nottingham, NG8 1BB, United Kingdom
  • Google Scholar
Louise Moody
  • Louise Moody
  • Coventry University, United Kingdom
  • Google Scholar
Sara De Freitas
  • Sara De Freitas
  • Coventry University, United Kingdom
  • Google Scholar

 Received: 05 December 2012  Accepted: 01 January 2014  Published: 03 April 2014

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This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0

Three-dimensional (3D) environments are increasingly being used to provide therapy to those suffering from mental health problems. Virtual environments can provide a safe and realistic simulation to expose patients to the cause of their problem. This paper presents a review of the use of 3D environments to assess and treat mental health problems. Within the review applications to treat mental health problems such as post-traumatic disorder, autism and phobias are described. The areas reviewed in this paper describe more recent works in the area of three-dimensional interfaces for the treatment of mental health problems.


Key words: Mental health, virtual reality therapy, three-dimensional (3D) games.

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APA Haniff, D., Chamberlain, A., Moody, L., & De Freitas, S. (2014). Virtual environments for mental health issues: A review. Journal of Metabolomics and Systems Biology, 3(1), 1-10.
Chicago David Haniff, Alan Chamberlain, Louise Moody and Sara De Freitas. "Virtual environments for mental health issues: A review." Journal of Metabolomics and Systems Biology 3, no. 1 (2014): 1-10.
MLA David Haniff, et al. "Virtual environments for mental health issues: A review." Journal of Metabolomics and Systems Biology 3.1 (2014): 1-10.

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