VR & AR for mental health.
Inspiration from an Argentinean Psycho-technologist | 02.03.2020

Technology plays an increasingly important role in our everyday lives. Smartphone applications have not yet been around for too long, but already strongly shape our daily routines. Technological innovations that more recently have been starting to find their way to the broader public are virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR respectively). What was only known to a few people over a decade ago, is now quickly becoming a mainstream tool, both for work and pleasure.

Fernando Tarnogol has been fascinated by VR since the early days and has in recent years also explored its potential for mental healthcare. With Phobos VR, he developed one of the first publicly available (free) online platforms for the treatment of specific phobia and the first markerless smartphone application for the treatment of animal phobia. During this talk, he will tell you about his initial ideas, the potential he saw in both VR and AR, and the struggles he encountered with upscaling and implementing.  He will also discuss some research findings and what he believes to be important opportunities for the near future.

This free event is specifically targeted towards healthcare professionals with an interest in these e-mental health technologies and researchers who wish to learn more about the potential of these tools for applied, practice-oriented clinical research. It is hosted by the expertise Unit Psychology, Technology & Society of Thomas More University of Applied Sciences.

Welcome starts at 9h30, the actual lecture takes place from 10h to 12h, which is followed by a sandwich lunch.

For whom? healthcare professionals and researchers
When? 2 March from 10h to 12h
Where? Thomas More campus National, Kronenburgstraat 62, 2000 Antwerpen
Registration? Via this link until 20 February 2020, only limited places available

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