Application for clinicians specializing in treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
– Alternative to conducting exposure in a war zone and/or re-traumatizing individual with combat-related PTSD.
– Two main virtual environments: Iraq and Afghanistan.
– Patients can engage in foot patrols, convoys, medical evacuations via helicopters in numerous scenarios.
– Each scenario allows the clinician to customize the environment to include explosions, firefights, insurgent attacks, and roadside bombs.
– Extent of coalition forces and civilian injuries, damage to the vehicle (if convoy scenario is used) and directional explosions can be changed.
– Sound effects include the typical sounds of a combat zone (e.g., weapon discharge), ambient city noises (e.g., call to prayer, insects buzzing, etc), radio chatter, aircraft overhead, and more.
– Vibrotactile feedback delivers sensations normally associated with engine rumbling, explosions, firefights, and corresponding ambient noises.
– Scent machine can be used to deliver situation-relevant scents (e.g., cordite, diesel fuel, garbage, gunpowder, etc).
Target: Adults (18 y.o. and older)
Compatibility: delivered via specialized virtual reality system
Courtesy of USC Institute of Creative Technologies.