Walter Greenleaf, Ph.D. is an early pioneer in the medical application of virtual environment technology, and is viewed as one of the founders of the field. His focus has been on the use of virtual reality and telemedicine technology to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), addictions, Autism, and other difficult problems in behavioral medicine.
He talks about the types of medical applications of VR that have been studied and verified by research, and what the potentials are for implementing these in medical applications for the first time. He also talks about the impact of isolation that happens within elderly and disabled populations, and the social implications of have a way to interact online beyond using the keyboard and mouse.
Reddit discussion here.
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