A new article discusses the psychological stresses caused by the coronavirus pandemic and suggests that virtual reality (VR) can help mitigate the psychological impact of the need for social distancing. The article, which offers a link to a free 3-dimensional (3D) 360 video and suggestions for how to utilize it, is featured in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
Giuseppe Riva, Ph.D., IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, and Journal Chief Editor Brenda Wiederhold, Ph.D., VRMedical Center and VR Medical Institute, co-authored the article titled How Cyberpsychology and Virtual Reality Can Help Us to Overcome the Psychological Burden of Coronavirus.
The coronavirus crisis is forcing people around the world to manage three different psychological issues at the same time: the burden of the disease, the disappearance of locations, and the crisis of the sense of neighborhood. The worry of getting sick is making us anxious and the necessity to quarantine is making people lose their sense of place and community. VR simulates reality.
The development cost of VR technology has come down significantly in recent years. Now there’s free access to the specialized 360-degree immersive movies that allow an individual to feel like they’re actually in a virtual world. The article gives a day-by-day suggested plan for how to use the free 360-degree video.