‘Game-Changing’ Digital Avatars Allow Psychosis Patients to Come Face-to-Face with the Voices in Their Head
The trial ‘could be a game changer in terms of enabling access to psychological therapies for people with distressing voices’
The use of digital avatars to represent voices heard by people with psychosis could prove a “game changer” for treatment of the condition.
The Avatar2 trial at the University of Glasgow is exploring the use of technology “to help those with psychosis increase power and control over the voices they hear and reduce their distress”.
Avatar therapy involves innovative use of digital technology to allow “face-to-face” dialogue between a person who hears voices and a computerised representation of their voice. It’s hoped that allowing the confrontations to play out digitally could give patients more power and control over their hallucinations.