||Analysis of Physiological Response to Neutral Virtual
||ECCE 2010 Workshop on Cognitive Engineering for Technology in Mental Health Care and Rehabilitation
||Virtual reality, exposure therapy,
measurements, neutral worlds.
||Using virtual reality technology for exposure therapy to
treat patients with anxiety disorders is attracting
considerable research attention. The ability to monitor
patient anxiety level helps therapists to set appropriate
anxiety arousing situations. Physiological measure has
been put forward as objective indicator of anxiety
levels. Because of individual variation, they need a
baseline recording which is often conducted in neutral
virtual world which does not include phobic stressors.
Still because of the novelty of the virtual world, reports
in the literature suggest that individuals already show
some level of arousal when placed in these worlds. This
paper presents two studies which look at the effect two
different neutral virtual worlds can have on individuals.
Findings suggest that a neutral world does not have to
result in an increased level of arousal.