|Title||Field Observations of Therapists Conducting Virtual Reality Exposure Treatment for the Fear of Flying|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Authors||Brinkman W-P, Sandino G, van der Mast CAPG|
|Editor||Norros L, Koskinen H, Salo L, Savioja P|
|Conference Name||Proceedings of ECCE2009|
|Keywords||virtual reality and exposure treatment and task analysis and field observations and user interface|
Recent research suggests Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) for the treatment of fear of flying as an important reliable technique for this phobia. This paper focuses on the role of the therapist during an exposure session. Six therapists were observed in 14 sessions with 11 different patients. Results show that in 93% of the observed sessions and therapists started with a similar flight pattern. Furthermore and a total of 20 errors were observed where therapists initiated inappropriate sound recordings such as pilot or purser announcements. Findings suggest that the system might be improved by providing the therapist with automatic flying scenarios.