A usability assessment on a virtual reality system for panic disorder treatment

Jaelin Lee*, Takashi Kawai, Nahoko Yoshida, Shuhei Izawa, Shinobu Nomura, Douglas Eames, Hisanobu Kaiya


研究成果: Conference contribution


The authors have developed a virtual reality exposure system that reflects the Japanese culture and environment. Concretely, the system focuses on the subway environment, which is the environment most patients receiving treatment for panic disorder at hospitals in Tokyo, Japan tend to avoid. The system is PC based and features realistic video images and highly interactive functionality. In particular, the system enables instant transformation of the virtual space and allows situations to be freely customized according to the condition and symptoms expressed by each patient. Positive results achieved in therapy assessments aimed at patients with panic disorder accompanying agoraphobia indicate the possibility of indoor treatment. Full utilization of the functionality available requires that the interactive functions be easily operable. Accordingly, there appears to be a need for usability testing aimed at determining whether or not a therapist can operate the system naturally while focusing fully on treatment. In this paper, the configuration of the virtual reality exposure system focusing on the subway environment is outlined. Further, the results of usability tests aimed at assessing how naturally it can be operated while focusing fully on treatment are described.

ホスト出版物のタイトルThe Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2008
出版ステータスPublished - 2008
イベントEngineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2008 - San Jose, CA, United States
継続期間: 2008 1月 312008 1月 31


名前Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering


ConferenceEngineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2008
国/地域United States
CitySan Jose, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 電子材料、光学材料、および磁性材料
  • 凝縮系物理学
  • コンピュータ サイエンスの応用
  • 応用数学
  • 電子工学および電気工学


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