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Virtual Reality to Fight Phobias

Phobias, irrational fears of things that are actually harmless, can be overcome with confrontation therapy. Therapists put people with a fear of flying on an airplane, for example. That’s time-consuming and expensive. Now there’s help from virtual reality: it recreates the fear-evoking situation and seems so real that it actually triggers rapid heartbeat in patients.

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