A VR System for Alleviating a Fear of Heights Based on Vital Sensing and Placebo Effect

  • Iku KitanosonoEmail author
  • Toshiyuki Haramaki
  • Tsuneo Kagawa
  • Hiroaki Nishino
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1036)


Acrophobia is a phobia that persons fear for heights and tend to have negative images like falling down from their standing positions. Persons in acrophobia avoid going high places, so they have little experience in such places. Making them experience high places as much as possible is an effective treatment to improve the symptoms. Placebo effect is a well-known phenomenon that person’s psychological belief influences his/her physical and mental status. In this paper, we propose a VR simulation system to overcome acrophobia based on a placebo effect by making persons virtually experience high places. We show a method for effectively presenting the heights to viewers according to their fear strength and elaborate our implementation approach of the proposed system.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Iku Kitanosono
    • 1
    Email author
  • Toshiyuki Haramaki
    • 2
  • Tsuneo Kagawa
    • 2
  • Hiroaki Nishino
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of EngineeringOita UniversityOitaJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Science and TechnologyOita UniversityOitaJapan

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