Who Am I?
My name is Megan Tobin and I am a sophomore at the University of Michigan, pursuing a double major in economics and psychology. I created this website as part of a class I am currently enrolled in called "22 Way to Think About New Media." The class centers upon learning how new media alters many different fields. New media entails any form of interactive, accessible, digital technology that transmits information. For example, the Internet is an essential kind of new media in today's society.
As part of my class, our final project revolves around researching how new media has changed our field of interest. In the field of psychology, virtual reality therapy is a kind of new media that revolutionizes psychotherapy. It offers a new way to treat disorders such as phobias, specifically with the use of advanced technology that wasn't around in the past. This website serves as a guide for all of my research of virtual reality therapy, displaying what it is, what it's used for, past research studies done with it, blog posts about VRT, and my own research, which consists of a survey and contacting the U of M Health System. If you're interested in the field of psychology and want to learn more about virtual reality therapy, check out the different tabs!
Virtual worlds have been utilized in different settings for countless years. For example, pilots use virtual reality to learn how to safely land a plane and students use virtual simulators in driver's education to learn how to drive a car. Beginning in the 1990s, virtual reality extended to the medical industry to help people overcome numerous disorders and learn how to perform many different tasks.
Explore this website to obtain a complete how-to guide on virtual reality therapy: what it is, how it's used, past studies of VRT, and much more!