Scientists of the University of Jaen are working in a project, pioneer in the world, to improve the treatment of hallucinations, by means of acting in the attention processes using virtual reality techniques. It is a project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, carried out by the ‘Evaluación Psicológica’ group, focused on the development of psychological methods that complement pharmacological treatments in order to try to control psychotic symptoms.
Project leader Beatriz López Luengo emphasised that the aim is ‘not to recreate the hallucinations of patients, but to train their attention in order to reduce them or stop them from appearing’.
In order to carry out the training of attention, the Jaen-based group uses different modules included in a computing software. In the first module, by watching an assembly line in which different objects appear, patients must detect all those that are not identical to a predetermined object. In the next module, there are different figures and patients must identify an identical figure to specific one. Finally, a train cab appears is displayed in a monitor. The task consists of simultaneously respond to the elements of the cab according to certain signs.
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