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Video Game Therapy Helps Soldiers Through Post-Traumatic Stress

Video Game Therapy Helps Soldiers Through Post-Traumatic Stress

An installation by filmmaker Harun Farocki shows how virtual reality is helping war veterans with psychological injuries.

Emma Hutchings

The video installation Immersion by German filmmaker Harun Farocki, shows how therapists are using game technology and virtual reality in the treatment of traumatized soldiers.

Video Game Therapy For Soldiers

Farocki visited a workshop organised by the Institute for Creative Technologies, who have designed computer simulations used in Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET), a therapy for war veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Virtual realities and games are used in the recruiting, training and now also therapy for soldiers, which consists of subjecting traumatized soldiers to the conditions of war once again in a computer simulation in order to aid their recovery.

Farocki explores the connection between virtual reality and the military – how the fictional scenarios of computer games are used both in the training of U.S. troops prior to their deployment in combat zones, and in psychological care for troops suffering battlefield trauma upon their return.

Harun Farocki

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