Virtual Worlds Provide Insights Into Real Life Problems
While we’ve heard quite a bit already about virtual worlds such as Second Life providing hope and encouragement to those with debilitating physical and emotional problems, a host of other health-related organizations are finding useful applications for virtual worlds. An article in the Washington Post highlights some of the more impressive applications organizations are finding for virtual worlds:
Medical schools are using them to train doctors. A psychiatrist from the University of California recently developed a virtual psych ward to help give caregivers a better understanding of schizophrenia. While across the bay, doctors from Stanford University designed a virtual ER to train new doctors.