Use of Virtual Reality and Human-Computer Interface for Diagnostic and Treatment Purposes in Human Sexuality Research
Virtual reality technology allows designing of immersive virtual environment that might be used for diagnostics and treatment of persons with minor sexual preference that is ego-dystonic or is perceived as dangerous to society. We do operate with the theoretical framework that is based on sexual motivational system, which we reintroduce. The eye tracking, electroencephalography and galvanic skin response in combination with phalopletysmography – the change of penile tumescence in male users are data to be collected to distinguish between sexual arousal and stress. The bio-cybernetic loop will consist of combination of positive and negative feedback loop to diverge the scenario. The biofeedback training should allow us to shape the preference by employing biofeedback training of suppression of the arousal to previously created scenario. This procedure might allow better diagnostics and treatment. Although we have in mind individualization of scenario creates problems in comparison during diagnostic phase, and is more important in case of future therapy. The resulting adaptable GNU software will be available to partner and other interested research centers.
KeywordsVirtual reality Bio-cybernetic loop Biofeedback Sexual paraphilia Diagnostics
This publication was supported by the project “National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH-CZ)”, grant number ED2.1.00/03.0078 (and the European Regional Develo-pment Fund), and by the Czech Science Foundation, grant nr. 16-18891S. KB and JB were supported by the Charles University Research Center (UNCE 204004) and Czech Ministry of Education Grant SVV no. 260 239. Also we would like to thank to Kateřina Klapilová, Renata Androvičová for cooperation on the sexological part as well as to 3DSense ltd. for support in testing the multimedia production pipeline. Finally to Kristýna Kubáčová for language corrections.
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