The use of virtual reality (VR) exposure for reducing contamination fear and disgust: Can VR be an effective alternative exposure technique to in vivo?


İNÖZÜ MERMERKAYA M. , ÇELİKCAN U. , AKIN B. , Cicek N. M.

JOURNAL OF OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE AND RELATED DISORDERS, cilt.25, 2020 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 25
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2020.100518
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE AND RELATED DISORDERS

Özet

Background and objectives: Virtual reality (VR) has become a new tool in psychological research and application. Although several studies have investigated its triggering and reducing role in anxiety via VR-based exposure and response prevention (VR-ERP) across different psychopathologies, its efficiency in contamination fear and reduction of disgust are yet to be examined. The study contributes to the field by investigating the effectiveness of the VR-ERP on the reduction of anxiety, disgust and urge to wash levels using an experimental design.