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NEW ERA IN VIRTUAL REALITY THERAPY FOR COMMON PHOBIAS

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Dick Tracey didn’t have to visit a tall building to get over his fear of heights. He put on a virtual reality headset.

Through VR, he rode an elevator to a high-rise atrium that looked so real he fell to his knees.

“I needed to search with my hand for something solid around me,” he said.

He told himself, “I must look stupid. Let’s just stand up. Nothing’s going to happen.”

Virtual reality therapy can help people like Tracey by exposing them gradually to their greatest terrors. The technology is just now reaching

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