An immersive virtual reality mobile platform for self-attachment

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Title: An immersive virtual reality mobile platform for self-attachment
Authors: Cittern, D
Edalat, A
Ghaznavi, I
Item Type: Conference Paper
Abstract: Psychotherapy is among the most effective techniques for combating mental health issues, and virtual reality is beginning to be explored as a way to enhance the efficacy of various psychotherapeu- tic treatments. In this paper we propose an immersive virtual reality mobile platform for Self-Attachment psychotherapy. Under the Self- Attachment therapeutic framework, the causes of disorders such as chronic anxiety and depression are traced back to the quality of the individual’s attachment with their primary caregiver during child- hood. Our proposed platform aims to assist the user in enhancing their capacities for self-regulation of emotion, by means of earning secure attachment through the experience of positive attachment in- teractions, missed in their childhood. In the virtual environment pro- vided by the platform, the adult-self of the user learns to create and strengthen an affectional and supportive bond with the inner-child. It is hypothesised that by long term potentiation and neuroplasticity, the user gradually develops new neural pathways and matures into an effective secure attachment object for the inner-child, thereby en- abling the self-regulation of emotions.
Issue Date: 18-Apr-2017
Date of Acceptance: 13-Mar-2017
Publisher: AISB
Journal / Book Title: Proceedings of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) Annual Convention
Copyright Statement: © 2017 The Authors.
Conference Name: Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) 2017
Publication Status: Published
Start Date: 2017-04-18
Finish Date: 2017-04-21
Conference Place: Bath, UK
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering

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