Virtual Reality Helps To Solve Minor Problems
A recent study shows that conversation with yourself embodied as Dr. Sigmund Freud works to improve people’s mood as compared to talking about your problems in a virtual discussion with pre-scripted comments. Some researchers claimed that this method could be used clinically to help people dealing with minor personal issues.
Usually, people are better at giving others useful advice when they are in trouble than when they are dealing with their problems. As much as people typically have a continuous internal dialogue, people are trapped inside their ways of thinking with their history and points of view, finding it difficult to take an external perspective regarding their problems. But, with friends, especially those who know people know well, it gets simpler to understand the bigger picture and help them solve their problems.
A team of researchers from the University of Barcelona (UB), IDIBAPS and Virtual BodyWorks, a spin-off of both institutions and ICREA used immerse virtual reality to see the effects of talking to themselves as if they were someone else with the help of virtual reality.
Mel Slater and Solene Neyret who are researchers at the Experimental Virtual Environments Lab for Neuroscience and Technology (Event lab) led the study, a research of the Faculty of Psychology of the UB. Guillem Feixas, a clinical psychologist of the UB Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology and the Institute of Neuroscience of the University of Barcelona, was also part of the study.
Studies in the past developed by the research team showed that, when people adopt a different body using virtual reality, their behavior, perception, and attitude towards things change. According to Mel Slater, they showed earlier that people could talk to themselves as if they were another person, body-swapping to two different avatars and that the moods and happiness of the participants improved.