Virtual Reality has a tendency to make the user feel dizzy and nauseous. The headsets are often said to be heavy and uncomfortable. However, in Korea, scientists are currently testing how this feeling of nausea can be utilised. They believe that this unnerving feeling could potentially treat alcoholism.
The study is small and in preliminary tests, consisting only of 12 patients, but the results have driven the scientists to continue. The results suggest that the virtual reality therapy altered the way their minds saw alcohol and the effects it can possess. The patients undergoing the treatment were all classed as alcohol dependent.
Before taking part in the experiment, they were required to undergo a seven day detox. Brain scans were taken on completion of the detox and the patients were told to put on the headsets.
Three different virtual scenarios were shown to them.
The first scene put the user in a relaxing environment, a park, the beach for example...