Congratulations Klara: it works
Klara finished her graduation with a very good study, showing the potential of the Recovry Application. The VR prototype was tested through interviews among 14 users divided over (former) AUD clients, psychologists, and nurses. The results indicated that both 360 and cg created VR worlds, helped patients with their treatment. The VR seems to trigger feelings of craving: “The apartment version was quite confronting....yeah, I saw myself sitting on the couch and drinking. That came to my mind. And the bar scene was a little trigger ....." . The most clear factor seems to be hedonic. The VR application was experienced as engaging without drawbacks that helped to stimulate going through therapy: “I think that in the beginning it's the entertainment and then you have a thing to talk about...it's great because a lot of the clients [otherwise] don't see the triggers. ....it's easier because these environments are normally not inside of the clinic ..". It seems that participants prefer the 360° version over the computer-generated (CG) one because it felt more real and induced more presence: "The real films, the real pictures are the ones that do it for me, not the computerized ones". In addition the study showed that a graded exposure treatment is recommended. Meaning that it should start with a less immersive CG experience before going into the 360 recorded worlds: Yes if they want the experience and to practice I think the realistic one is more useful. But if in the computer one are details I think it's the first step maybe to practice...in steps, so you begin with easy and you and then you build up to the realistic one, to the filmed one". In addition personalization of the worlds might work more effective, although clients also were not sure whether that might be to confrontational, preferring a graded exposure as well when it comes to personalization: “Maybe in the first place practice not in the own situation....after having practiced more try your own surrounding". The study provided many more recommendations on design, content and usage. But most important, it provided enough promising results to go forwards with the effect study. Thank you Clara for your important contribution!