Can virtual reality reduce anxiety? Researchers at Cambridge have designed a virtual reality game that deliberately scares you to help you cope with anxiety.

Cambridge Researchers Design Game to Alleviate Anxiety
Cambridge Researchers Design Game to Alleviate Anxiety

The researchers say the game which purposefully terrifies a user in virtual reality can help in the treatment of anxiety.

If a player manages to successfully control their heart rate using breathing techniques when a scary character emerges, they are able to make themselves invisible.

The virtual reality game was developed through a collaborative effort between Cambridge University researchers and the famous game development studio Ninja Theory.

According to the PhD psychiatry student Lucie Daniel-Watanabe, the game can come in handy when learning new skills on how to control your anxiety. It can also be applied in situations where someone is actively anxious.

You can watch more on this BBC report.

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