Fighting auditory hallucinations by using Virtual Reality simulation training
What is it?
Heka VR is developing a novel therapy to aid people who suffer from auditory hallucinations, specifically hearing malevolent voices.
Khora is developing the core software to support this novel treatment. The software includes a virtual reality simulation training program and voice modulation in real time, which will enable the patient to face their malevolent voices and lessen their control over the patient’s life.
HEKA VR is a spinoff of Khora Virtual Reality, and was previously called The Challenge Project. The Challenge Project is a research project in collaboration with Region Hovedstaden, Region Syddanmark & Region Nord in Denmark. The project is funded by Innovation Fund Denmark and BioInnovation Institute.
Contact link for more information about the ongoing clinical trial: https://www.
What does the press say?
Patient with schizophrenia has eight people in her head – now she shuts them up in cyberspace
Every single day, 22-year-old Cille has to fight against the voices in her head. But Cille is now taking part in a brand new experiment where Danes with schizophrenia can meet the people in their heads in virtual reality. Article is translated from Danish.
Three regions are testing new forms of treatment
Researchers are experimenting with Virtual Reality as a tool for treating mental ilnesses such as phobias, psychoses, and posttraumatic stress. Article is translated from Danish
Virtual Reality is going to help schizophrenia patients fight the voices in their heads
A new form of treatment aims to make it easier for patients with severe auditory hallucinations to control the distressing voices they hear. The VR headsets are being tested in the Capital Region, North Region and South Region in Denmark. Article is translated from Danish.
Why use VR simulation training?
The use of Virtual Reality allows exposure to challenging situations in an immersive, but also protected, flexible, and controlled environment. Exposure to auditory hallucination in real life is impossible to organize and control. VR exposure therapy can overcome or mitigate this problem by producing greater user acceptance and providing control over and access to situations.
With this project, we expect patients to be able to develop new skills and strategies to cope with their malevolent voices.
This type of treatment may also improve the cost effectiveness and efficacy of the current treatment of auditory hallucinations.
Who is involved in the project?
What makes this software unique?
Creating a visual representation of the patient’s malevolent voice, where gender, age, and facial characteristics are all customizable.
A recording of the therapist’ voice can be modulated – by changing age, gender, pitch, and other traits – to resemble the patient’s persecutory voice.
Real Time VR
The patient can engage in a dialogue with the visual representation of the malevolent voice in VR, where the therapist is acting as the voice via the real time voice modulation feature.
What is good to know?
- CHALLENGE is a research project funded by the Innovation Fund
- The project aims to develop a novel therapy
- The target group is patients suffering from auditory hallucinations
- Patients are consulting in the development of the software
- The software is being designed to be used with VR Headsets
- This is a 5 year project set to be concluded in 2024
- Pilot testing is set to begin in Spring 2020
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