Treating Phobias with Computer Games

  • M. Brandon Haworth
  • Melanie Baljko
  • Petros Faloutsos
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7660)


Phobias are a relatively prevelant and debilitating form of anxiety disorder. Treatment for phobias can be rather costly and potentially embarrassing. We present a system designed to overcome the challenges of traditional treatment and the demands of current computer-based exposure therapy systems. Our system consists of affordable consumer level hardware and software components. Our system also leverages networking technology to enable the patient to engage in therapy in the comfort of their own home. These advantages have implications for the treatment of various types of phobia.


Virtual reality system phobia treatment virtual reality exposure therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Brandon Haworth
    • 1
  • Melanie Baljko
    • 1
  • Petros Faloutsos
    • 1
  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada

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