UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — We’ve all know someone who’s afraid of heights.
Maybe you yourself can’t stand the feeling of being high off the ground.
But there may be a way to overcome the fear — thanks to virtual reality.
A report published July 11 in the journal The Lancet describes a study in which participants who had a phobia of heights underwent virtual reality therapy.
After putting on a VR headset, a person chose a floor in a virtual building to “stand” on and was coached through a task, like rescuing a cat from a branch.
Scientists found those who completed two weeks of the VR therapy saw their fear of heights fall by 68 percent.
Participants didn’t notice any negative side effects like nausea.
Not only that, but the results seemed to stick.
Study authors think VR therapy could help treat a wide array of mental health disorders.