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Usefulness of the Mobile Virtual Reality Self-Training for Overcoming a Fear of Heights

 Hong Yeon-Ju  ;  Kim Hesun Erin  ;  Jung Young Hoon  ;  Kyeong Sunghyon  ;  Kim Jae-Jin 
 Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, Vol.20(12) : 753-761, 2017 
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 Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking 
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built-in measures ; fear of heights ; mobile virtual reality ; self-training
A mobile virtual reality system, equipped with built-in variables such as heart rate (HR), gaze-down data, and subjective fear rating, can allow individuals with a fear of heights to overcome it by self-training. This study aimed to verify the efficacy and safety of the training program. Forty-eight volunteers completed the four-session self-training program over 2 weeks. They were allocated into either low- or high-fear group by the Acrophobia Questionnaire (AQ)-anxiety scores, and then the changes of the built-in variables and AQ-anxiety scores were analyzed between the groups. The safety was assessed using the Simulator Sickness Questionnaire (SSQ). The AQ-anxiety scores were significantly decreased after self-training in both groups, and the degree of decrease was significantly greater in the high-fear group than in the low-fear group. Gaze-down percentage and subjective fear rating showed a significant group difference, but HR did not. The SSQ scores were within the acceptable level. These results suggest that the training effect was greater in the high-fear group than in the low-fear group. This mobile program may be safely applicable to self-training for individuals with high scores on the fear of heights by repeated exposure to virtual environments with the embedded feedback system.
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경성현(Kyeong, Sung Hyon)
김재진(Kim, Jae Jin) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1395-4562
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