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Representation of patients’ hand modulates fear reactions of patients with spider phobia in virtual reality

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Diemer, Julia Elisabeth ; Mühlberger, Andreas ; Peperkorn, Henrik M. ; Alpers, Georg W.
Date of publication of this fulltext: 13 May 2016 06:56


Embodiment (i.e., the involvement of a bodily representation) is thought to be relevant in emotional experiences. Virtual reality (VR) is a capable means of activating phobic fear in patients. The representation of the patient's body (e.g., the right hand) in VR enhances immersion and increases presence, but its effect on phobic fear is still unknown. We analyzed the influence of the presentation ...


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