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Virtual reality in pediatric psychology

Parsons, T. D; Riva, Giuseppe; Parsons, S. J; Mantovani, Fabrizia; Newbutt, Nigel; Lin, Lin; Venturini, Eva; Hall, Trevor


T. D Parsons

Giuseppe Riva

S. J Parsons

Fabrizia Mantovani

Nigel Newbutt
Senior Lecturer in Digital Education

Lin Lin

Eva Venturini

Trevor Hall


Copyright © 2017 by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Virtual reality (VR) technologies allow for controlled simulations of affectively engaging background narratives. These virtual environments offer promise for enhancing emotionally relevant experiences and social interactions. Within this context, VR can allow instructors, therapists, neuropsychologists, and service providers to offer safe, repeatable, and diversifiable interventions that can benefit assessments and learning in both typically developing children and children with disabilities. Research has also pointed to VR's capacity to reduce children's experience of aversive stimuli and reduce anxiety levels. Although there are a number of purported advantages of VR technologies, challenges have emerged. One challenge for this field of study is the lack of consensus on how to do trials. A related issue is the need for establishing the psychometric properties of VR assessments and interventions. This review investigates the advantages and challenges inherent in the application of VR technologies to pediatric assessments and interventions.


Parsons, T. D., Riva, G., Parsons, S. J., Mantovani, F., Newbutt, N., Lin, L., …Hall, T. (2017). Virtual reality in pediatric psychology. Pediatrics, 140(2), S86-S91.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 19, 2017
Publication Date Nov 1, 2017
Journal Pediatrics
Print ISSN 0031-4005
Electronic ISSN 1098-4275
Publisher American Academy of Pediatrics
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 140
Issue 2
Pages S86-S91
Keywords virtual reality, psychology, head mounted display, autism
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