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Fear and physiological arousal during a virtual height challenge—effects in patients with acrophobia and healthy controls

Diemer, Julia ; Lohkamp, Nora ; Mühlberger, Andreas ; Zwanzger, Peter



Abstract

Virtual reality (VR) exposure therapy is becoming increasingly established, but the mode of action is not well understood. One potential efficacy factor might be physiological arousal. To investigate arousal during VR exposure, we exposed 40 patients with acrophobia and 40 matched healthy controls to a VR height challenge and assessed subjective (fear ratings) and physiological (heart rate, skin ...

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