Virtual Reality Therapy and Psychophysiology

While virtual reality (VR) describes the computer-generated simulation of immersive, interactive, and real-life environments, virtual reality therapy (VRT) examines the applicability of VR environments for therapeutic purposes. A typical VRT application is for instance the realistic visual simulation of anxiety-provoking situations by means of VR glasses for exposure therapy in anxiety disorders.

The aim of the current research group  "Virtual Reality Therapy and Psychophysiology" is the (further) development and psycho-physiological examination of VR-based diagnostic and therapeutic methods for mental disorders.

Areas

  • Further development of existing VRT treatment programs
  • Development of new therapeutic approaches for the treatment of ADHD, BPS and psychosis etc.
  • Neurophilosophical/psychiatric questions about the psychopathology and plasticity of the sense of self
  • Collection of subjective, behavioral and electrophysiological data (EEG, EDA, EMG, ECG)

Currently running research projects

  • Multimodal adult ADHD assessment  by means of virtual reality
  • VR-induced experience of depersonalisation and derealization (Carina Peckmann)
  • Smartphone-assisted psychoeducation for ADHD (Benjamin Selaskowski; as part of the AwareMe project)
  • Experimental induction of a resized hand illusion (David Anders)
  • Experimental investigation of modality-specific supernumerary limbs (Arbnor Berisha)
  • Limb perception under binocular rivalry (Helena Lügering)

Opportunities for internships and dissertations

Professionally-suitable students (e.g. Psychology, Cognitive Science, Medicine, Informatics) who would like to write their master's or doctoral thesis about a clinical or neurophilosophical VR-related topic, are warmly welcomed to contact niclas.braun(at)ukbonn.de

Opportunities for study participation

The VR-Laboratory as well as the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in general is constantly conducting new studies for which new study participants of all ages and sexes are being searched for.  

Please find under the following link a list of all currently running studies for which prospective probands are searched for.

Current tenders:

Head of the research group:

Dr. Niclas Braun
Clinic and Polyclinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
University Hospital Bonn AöR
Sigmund-Freud Straße 25
53127 Bonn,
Niclas.Braun(at)ukbonn.de