Virtual reality helps people to comfort and accept themselves

Universitat de Barcelona

Self-compassion can be learned using avatars in an immersive virtual reality, finds new research by a team of psychologists and computer scientists from the University of Barcelona (UB), the University College London (UCL) and the University of Derby. This innovative approach reduced self-criticism and increased self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical individuals. The scientists behind the study published in PLOS ONE say it could be applied to treat a range of clinical conditions including depression.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 836707. EIT Health is supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union.