Kristy T. – BASIS Chandler

BASIS Chandler Senior Kristy T.

Using the Virtual World to Combat Anxiety in the Real World

Project/blog link: Using the Virtual World to Combat Anxiety in the Real World
BASIS Advisor: Ms. Sandra Gelblicht
Internship location: University of Advancing Technology
Onsite Mentor: Derric Clark, Instructor, Video Games and Virtual Reality

Project Abstract

New applications for virtual reality (VR) technology have revolutionized industry. While devices like Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift are widely used for gaming, there are practical applications of VR technology in the healthcare field as well. My project investigates the feasibility of using VR technology to reduce anxiety, particularly in the college sphere. Mental health can be easily overlooked during the hustle and excitement of college years. Innovation that facilitates a smooth lifestyle transition may positively impact students’ well-being. My study assesses the difference in college students’ anxiety levels after immersion into a soothing visual and auditory environment created with an HTC Vive. By comparing the results of a meditative experience and an interactive experience, I will test the effectiveness of each method. Although a quick VR session should not become a replacement for quality human interaction or a good night’s sleep, the realistic content of VR could serve as an interesting escape for the tech-savvy generation.

Using the Virtual World to Combat Anxiety in the Real World