The research team of Vincent Taschereau-Dumouchel, PHD and Hakwan Lau (University of California Los Angeles) look to determine if virtual reality can be used as a treatment for anxiety disorders like OCD. Early career researcher Vincent Taschereau-Dumouchel’s pitch addressed an important and unresolved question about the nature of obsessive-compulsive symptoms. This study lays the groundwork for a novel therapeutic method for treating anxiety disorders by subconsciously rewarding desired brain activity without exposure to a feared stimulus, as in current exposure-based therapies.

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