Immersive Virtual Reality (VR) to transform the lives of patients with mental health disorders
Professor Daniel Freeman, University of Oxford, UK
Mental health disorders are very common, often with great personal and societal costs, but far too few people receive the best treatments. The case will be made that much greater access to the best psychological treatments can be achieved using automated delivery in virtual reality (VR). With virtual reality simulations, individuals can repeatedly experience their problematic situations and be taught, via evidence-based psychological treatments delivered by a virtual coach, how to overcome difficulties. A key advantage of VR is that individuals know that a computer environment is not real but their minds and bodies behave as if it is real; hence, people will much more easily face difficult situations in VR than in real life and be able to try out new therapeutic strategies. VR treatments can also be made much more engaging and appealing for patients than traditional therapies. A systematic programme of work developing and testing automated VR psychological treatments for conditions such as fear of heights, social anxiety, and schizophrenia will be described.
Confirmed exhibitors include:
BIOPAC: BIOPAC provides high-quality scientific tools for physiology measurement and interpretation with world-class customer service and support. BIOPAC systems facilitate discovery in ambulatory, MRI, lab, real-world, and virtual environments, enabling recording and analysis of a wide range of signals, and are easily integrated with a variety of equipment such as eye trackers, VR, video monitoring and stimulus presentation. With over 20,000 citations in scholarly and scientific publications, BIOPAC systems are found in premier laboratories, research facilities, and corporations world-wide.
Cambridge Cognition: CANTAB Connect Research is the world’s most validated, precise and reliable research software providing sensitive digital measures of cognitive function for all areas of brain research. Delivering leading neuroscience through our secure cloud platform, CANTAB Connect Research is an efficient and easy-to-use system providing insights into behaviours, underlying brain circuits and neurochemical systems and measurement of digital cognitive biomarkers.
Coelition: Coelition is an independent non-profit that supports research and innovation with behavioural data. Our open standard contains a detailed and extensive taxonomy of human behaviour allowing any human to be coded with full semantic harmonisation and data portability. We provide technical infrastructure and governance frameworks for organisations, helping them to deliver programmes and services that handle data responsibly.
FF Foundation (Open Doors Ltd): Maurice Flynn FRSA Director of Data Science will present Today's Narrow AI for Big Data Analysis - our toolset that brings the power of narrow AI data analysis to everyone.
MagVenture: MagVenture's mission is to be the most dynamic and innovative supplier of transcranial magnetic stimulation solutions.Within research, MagVenture is widely known and recognised for our MagPro product line, one of the most powerful, advanced and durable TMS solutions on the market – tailored to not only suit the current needs of researchers, but also let them push the field of neuroscience and thus shape the future path of TMS.
PSYT: At PSYT we believe that large-scale, positive change begins with improving the wellbeing of individuals. We collaborate with leading academics at the forefront of research, providing innovative technology that allows them to use state-of-the-art research designs to capture data. With expertise across psychology and technology, we can help researchers create digital products to collect big, accurate, ecologically-valid data in real-time. The scalability of our apps increases the statistical power of studies, helping researchers uncover reliable relationships and create greater social impact.
PsychoPy: PsychoPy is an open-source application allowing easy, precise, extremely flexible experiments in the behavioural sciences. It supports a wide range of stimuli that can be changed on every screen refresh and can be run either in a lab-based setting or online. Also presenting... Pavlovia.org - a new site to allow sharing, exploring, and launching studies created in PsychoPy, jsPsych or lab.js.
Rogue Resolutions: Rogue Resolutions believes in the importance of developing and maintaining strong links between industry and academia within the field of neuroscience and brain research. We particularly specialise in non-invasive brain stimulation and brain imaging, supporting a broad range of solutions that are ideally suited to meet the complex requirements of research applications.
Testable: Testable is a one-stop platform for behavioural experiments, surveys, and data collection, trusted by 3000+ researchers from 80+ leading universities. We offer the only software allowing the creation of psychology experiments without coding or use of a complicated graphical interface. Hands down, the fastest way from experimental idea to implementation, with even complex designs such as staircases and multiplayer environments often requiring less than five minutes to set up. Our solution is powerful and flexible, covering a wide range of experimental designs, fully customisable. Testable experiments and surveys run in any browser, online and offline. Our subject pool, Testable Minds, offers high-quality data through a state-of-the-art verification system, guaranteeing that our participants are human, unique, reliable, and with verified age, sex, and location. All Testable products and features are overseen by a reputable team of academic advisors. Most scientists agree: it should be Testable!