CPsychol, Lecturer in Psychology, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland
Dr. Grainne Kirwan is a chartered psychologist (British Psychological Society) and a lecturer, researcher and author in the area of cyberpsychology. Her areas of interest include cybercrime, online health/support seeking, and the psychological applications of virtual reality. She is the author/editor of five books in the field of cyberpsychology.
Virtual Psychology: The psychological applications of Virtual Reality
While experiencing a resurgence in public interest in recent years, Virtual Reality (VR) has been extensively utilised within the psychological research and therapeutic community for over two decades. Studies have identified the potential of the technology for aiding in therapeutic interventions for anxiety disorders, addictions, eating disorders, and the diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia and ADHD. The potential of the technology in distraction from pain has also been investigated. Virtual Reality has also been used by psychological researchers to conduct experiments in perception, social interaction, eyewitness memory, and many other topics. The technology also appears to have the potential to change behaviour in the short to medium term through a phenomenon known as the Proteus Effect.