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Using Virtual Reality To Treat Addictions and OCD

Therapeutic virtual reality (VR) has the potential to revolutionise the way we treat mental illnesses. Through VR we can bring therapeutic environments directly into the clinician’s office, and patients can engage in therapeutic work in realistic virtual scenarios that are customised to their psychological needs. This exciting PhD will develop and test therapeutic VR cue-exposure environments that can be used to investigate the cognitive-motivational drivers of compulsivity, and to treat compulsive conditions. The successful candidate will be supervised by Prof Murat Yücel, Dr Rebecca Segrave and Dr Rico Lee, while liaising with additional collaborators with expertise in compulsivity, and VR programming experts. The PhD offers an opportunity to get involved in the conceptual design of therapeutic VR environments, and the integration of real-time psychophysiology biofeedback during immersion. There is also scope for the inclusion of neuroimaging outcome measures. Please include: - a cover letter with a brief outline (1 page) of your interests and suitability for the research; - a curriculum vitae including academic transcript(s) and any published works; and - names and contact details of 2 academic referees.
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Please forward expressions of interest and direct questions to: Prof Murat Yücel Email:
School of Psychological Sciences
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Clayton Campus

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