This pilot project intends to help people to cope with new anxieties caused by self-isolation. VR is a perfect way to create a distraction-free simulation of loneliness within a limited time for exposure therapy.
We plan two phases:1) set the mood through staying in an empty VR space, 2) guide through a series of anxiety-relieving physical (Motion/Breathing), and mental (Concentration/focus) exercises. As the user goes through the exercises, we reward good performance with pleasing sounds and moving lights for positive reinforcement.
Users will have the option to set the session duration to work step-by-step on their progress. Our project could also serve as a tool to experience the feeling of loneliness and invoke empathy in the general population to raise awareness of the problem.
Gabriella Chihan Stanley, Vienna, Austria