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VRT Lab - Therapy in virtual realities

In the VRT Lab we explore the use of Virtual Reality (VR) technologies for the evaluation and treatment of mental disorders. VR glasses are used to present a digital environment and stimuli that are adapted to specific disorders and patients. Since the VR-technology offers many possibilities, therapeutic procedures can be applied within a controlled setting. This offers new possibilities for the treatment of anxiety-disorders, for example through virtual exposure therapies. The VRT Lab cooperates with various partners, such as other universities and technology companies, in order to constantly improve the systems.

 

Currently we are working on:

The Phobia project:

The Phobia Project is the main project within the VRT Lab. Here we examine the mechanisms of exposure therapy in virtual reality. Patients can be confronted with stimuli that are relevant for their phobia in a controlled setting. The effects of virtual exposure can be assessed using physiological data and subjective assessments. A theory-based approach is used to set up experimental paradigms and then test them.

 

Contact:

 

M. Sc. Psych. Rosa Palm

M. Sc. Psych. Paul Palm

M. Sc. Applied Statistics Kai Schneider

Dipl. Bio. Jan Raacke

The Body image project:

As part of the body image project, we are developing a VR-system that makes it possible to capture distortions in the perception of body images. In virtual reality, patients can adjust their perceived body image in front of a mirror or adjust perceived bodies of others. Strong discrepancies in patient's self-perception and the perception of bodies from others could reveal an indication for a distorted perception of body images. The aim is to use such systems for treatment and diagnosis of patients with eating disorders.

 

Contact:

 

M. Sc. Psych. Rosa Palm

M. Sc. Psych. Paul Palm

M. Sc. Applied Statistics Kai Schneider

Dipl. Bio. Jan Raacke

The Psychophysiology project:

It is quite easy for people to recognize emotions, but it is difficult to measure them objectively. Meanwhile, there is an increasing number of systems that detect emotions based on psychophysiological measures such as heart rate or electrodermal activity. We are developing a user-friendly, cost-effective and reliable psychophysiological measuring instrument in our laboratory. Within this project, we seek to cooperate with partners in science and practice.

 

Contact:

 

M. Sc. Psych. Rosa Palm

M. Sc. Psych. Paul Palm

M. Sc. Applied Statistics Kai Schneider

Dipl. Bio. Jan Raacke

The PostKog project:

As part of this project, we use virtual reality to change patients' dysfunctional beliefs. The modification of dysfunctional beliefs is typically part of depression therapy. In the virtual space, patients can be exposed to avatars, which then confront them with their own dysfunctional beliefs. The contradiction of dysfunctional beliefs can be practiced virtually, so that they can be modified on a long-term perspective.

 

Contact:

 

M. Sc. Psych. Rosa Palm

M. Sc. Psych. Paul Palm

M. Sc. Applied Statistics Kai Schneider

Dipl. Bio. Jan Raacke

Publications

Santl, J., Shiban, Y., Plab, A., Wüst, A., Kudielka, B. M. & Mühlberger, A. (submitted). Gender Differences in Stress Responses during a Virtual Reality Trier Social Stress Test, VRIC 2019.

Corbetta, A., Galea, E., Kinateder, A., Kuligowski, E., McGarth, D., Pel, A., Ronchi, E., Shiban, Y., Thompson, P. & Toschi, F. (submitted). New approaches to evacuation modelling for fire safety engineering applications, Fire Safety Journal.

Fehlner, K., Zimmermann, V., Wittmann, J., Mühlberger, A., & Shiban, Y. (2018). The premenstrual syndrome and the partner relationship: How it affects both partners in different ways. Journal of Pregnancy and Reproduction. 2(1), 1-8. doi: 10.15761/JPR.1000134

Shiban, E., Lehmberg, J., Hoffmann, U., Thiel, J., Probst, T., Friedl, M., . . . Shiban, Y. (2018). Peritraumatic distress fully mediates the relationship between posttraumatic stress symptoms preoperative and three months postoperative in patients undergoing spine surgery. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 9(1), 1423824. doi: 10.1080/20008198.2018.1423824

Shiban, Y. (2018). Virtual reality exposure therapy for anxiety disorders. Der Nervenarzt. doi: 10.1007/s00115-018-0596-z

Shiban, Y., Brüttig-Schick, J., Pauli, P., Domschke, K. & Mühlberger, A. (2018). Does caffeine facilitate exposure therapy for specific phobia? A randomized trial, Resonanzen.

Dechant, M., Trimpl, S., Wolff, C., Mühlberger, A., & Shiban, Y. (2017). Potential of virtual reality as a diagnostic tool for social anxiety: A pilot study. Computers in Human Behavior, 76(Supplement C), 128-134. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.07.005

Levine, S. M., Pfaller, M., Reichenberger, J., Shiban, Y., Mühlberger, A., Rupprecht, R., & Schwarzbach, J. V. (2017). Relating experimentally-induced fear to pre-existing phobic fear in the human brain. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, nsx147-nsx147. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsx147

Lonsdorf, T. B., Menz, M. M., Andreatta, M., Fullana, M. A., Golkar, A., Haaker, J., ..., Shiban, Y., … & Merz, C. J. (2017). Don’t fear ‘fear conditioning’: Methodological considerations for the design and analysis of studies on human fear acquisition, extinction, and return of fear. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 77(Supplement C), 247–285. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.02.026

Proescholdt, M., Doenitz, C., Shiban, Y., Hau, P., Putnik, K., & Andreas, M. (2017). Actr-20. Finding A predictive Marker for Compliance to Ttfields Therapy – the Comptune Study. Neuro-Oncology, 19(suppl_6), vi4-vi5. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/nox168.015

Reichenberger, J., Porsch, S., Wittmann, J., Zimmermann, V., & Shiban, Y. (2017). Social fear conditioning paradigm in virtual reality: Social vs. electrical aversive conditioning. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(1979). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01979

Shiban, E., Bruckbauer, F., Shiban, Y., Hoffmann, U., Meyer, B., & Lehmberg, J. (2017). Affective disorders in skull base surgery: A comparison between endonasal and open transcranial approaches. Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B: Skull Base, 78(S 01), P134. doi: 10.1055/s-0037-1600842

Shiban, Y., Diemer, J., Müller, J., Brütting-Schick, J., Pauli, P., & Mühlberger, A. (2017). Diaphragmatic breathing during virtual reality exposure therapy for aviophobia: Functional coping strategy or avoidance behavior? A pilot study. BMC Psychiatry, 17(1), 29. doi: 10.1186/s12888-016-1181-2

Weeth, A., Mühlberger, A. & Shiban, Y. (2017). Was it less painful for knights? Influence of appearance on pain perception. European Journal of Pain, 21(10), 1756-1762. doi: 10.1002/ejp.1087

Zimmermann, V. *, Wittmann, J. *, Sparrer, D., Mühlberger, A., & Shiban, Y. (2017). The generalization of conditioned startle responses from known to unknown lies. Learning and Motivation, 59(Supplement C), 64-69. doi: 10.1016/j.lmot.2017.05.002 *equal contribution

Press

Arachnophobie: Angst lässt Spinnen größer wirken. Expositionstherapie kann Verzerrungen korrigieren, Medizin Aspekte. Link:
medizin-aspekte.de/63496-arachnophobie-angst-laesst-spinnen-groesser-wirken-expositionstherapie-kann-verzerrungen-korrig

Mach dich ran, MDR. Link:
www.mdr.de/tv/programm/video-79198_zc-12fce4ab_zs-6102e94c.html

Phobien - Neues Verfahren löscht Angst effektiver, Neurologen und Psychiater im Netz. Link:
www.neurologen-und-psychiater-im-netz.org/psychiatrie-psychosomatik-psychotherapie/news-archiv/meldungen/article/phobien-neues-verfahren-loescht-angst-effektiver/

Simulation sozialer Angst in virtueller Realität, Thieme. Link:
www.thieme.de/de/psychiatrie-psychotherapie-psychosomatik/simulation-sozialer-angst-virtuelle-realitaet-83380.htm

Virtual Reality als Therapiemethode, Galileo. Link:
www.galileo.tv/video/virtual-reality-als-therapiemethode/

Wie Angststörungen therapiert werden, BR. Link:
www.br.de/mediathek/video/angst-angststoerungen-wie-angststoerungen-therapiert-werden-av:585dd4d13e2f290012afa534