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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Symposium #170
CE Offered: BACB
CANCELED: Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality Meets Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 28, 2017
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Hyatt Regency, Mineral Hall D-G
CE Instructor: Patrice Marie Miller, Ph.D.
Chair: Dristi Adhikari (Dare Association)
Discussant: Patrice Marie Miller (Salem State University)
Abstract: The disruptive impact of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) is being felt across various aspects of society: education, healthcare, business/organization, entertainment and architecture to name a few. VR allows users to immerse themselves in manufactured, virtual surroundings. AR overlays digital content on physical environments. Whereas, mixed reality merges the virtual and real world such that they interact with each other in real time. This symposium aims to introduce the technology and the potential use of AR/VR technology to the larger Applied Behavior Analysis community members, who are interested in the cross section of technology and Behavior analysis. We will be focusing on how AR/VR can be used in organization for hiring and recruitment purposes. For example, to gauge the decision making and perspective taking ability skill of potential hire, they would be presented real life situation in the immersive environment of VR/AR. The next presentation introduces the application of AR/VR technology in Healthcare with a focus on Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Augmented Reality, Healthcare, Organizations, Virtual Reality
Using Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality to Improve Organizations
(Applied Research)
SARTHAK GIRI (Dare Association), Julie LeMoine (HorizonIR), Karen Zastudil (HorizonIR), Saranya Ramakrishnan (Harvard School of Public Health)
Abstract: Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality are bringing innovations to organizations in multiple fields including education, training, healthcare, entertainment and retail to name just a few. The hiring and recruiting processes are some of the most critical, and therefore most important to improve processes for organizations today. In hiring, assessing the Stage of decision making and perspective taking of an employee using the Model of Hierarchical complexity, developed by Dr. Michael Common, can provide a unique insight into the prospective hire. VR/ AR technology can enhance the hiring and recruiting process processes and help organizations innovate and to adapt to changes in the market. This presentation brings together experts in organizational psychology with experts in organizational application of VR, AR and Mixed Reality. The talk will present clear definitions of what these new capabilities are and give several examples of how they can be applied to the hiring and recruiting process.
Application of Virtual Reality in Healthcare
SARANYA RAMAKRISHNAN (Harvard School of Public Health ), Sarthak Giri (Dare Association )
Abstract: There are many potential applications of virtual and augmented reality in the field of Healthcare. VR/AR technology can be used to diagnose, plan and rehabilitate people who suffer from problems like depression, autism, phobias and addiction. There are many benefits of implementing this technology into healthcare. This includes telemedicine, real-time feedback and medical help for patients in remote locations, more effectual clinical practices, cost cutting and safety of patients and doctors. This presentation will introduce several possible use case scenarios of VR but will focus on applications of VR in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization therapies. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of counseling for PTSD patients in which the therapist helps the patients understand and change how they think about trauma and its aftermath. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is another treatment that is used to help change how the patient reacts to memories of the trauma experienced. These two treatments can be enhanced using Virtual reality platform.



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