Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Find out how virtual reality (VR) is used in research to help build confidence and reduce stress in young people. Visit Julia Badger, Lucy Bowes and Aitor Rovira at their IF Festival stand on 28 October between 11 am and 4 pm. Put on a headset, test your reactions and see how your body responds.

VR scenario by Aitor Rovira

The oRANGE Lab (Oxford Risk and Resilience, Genes and Environment Research) in the Department of Experimental Psychology focuses research work on the development and onset of mental health problems and on understanding trajectories of risk and resilience over the life course. The research aims to use innovative technologies to better explore the factors associated to the onset of mental health issues in adolescents, such as anxiety and depression.

For many years data was collected using self-report methods which could lead to inaccuracies and confounds. By using VR technologies and wristwatches that track physiological reactions such as galvanic skin response (GSR; the changes in electrical resistance of the skin caused by emotional stress), the group aim to explore the psychological and physiological reactions, and factors associated, to social interactions in a safe and tightly-controlled, yet highly realistic way.

Exhibiting at the IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival on 28 October, Blackbird Leys Community Centre, Blackbird Leys Road, OX4 6HW, the team will give visitors the opportunity to try out these new technologies, people will be able to see and understand the significance and application of these technologies in important research projects.

 

We're excited to give the public a chance to learn more about VR, new technologies and the benefit these have on research. Our focus on mental health issues in adolescents is so important, with the ever increasing pressures that young people face today. We hope people will stop by and visit us to find out more.
- Team working in the oRANGE Lab.

 

For more information visit IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival 2019.

The team works closely with the Department of Psychiatry and Professor Daniel Freeman on this project researching wellbeing and mental health.

 

NIHR OXFORD HEALTH BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH CENTRE NEWS

Please follow the link below to read the news on the NIHR BRC website.

Similar stories

Potential New Target to Prevent or Delay Dementia

Alzheimer's disease Dementia Mental Health Old-age psychiatry

New study shows targeting arterial stiffening earlier in a person’s lifespan could provide cognitive benefits in older age and may help to delay the onset of dementia.

SSRI Treatment in Young People with Depression and Anxiety

Anxiety Depression Mental Health

Results from an insight review commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, highlights what is currently known about the benefits and risks of using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for the treatment of depression and anxiety in young people.

Collaborating with Youth is Key to Studying Mental Health Management

Anxiety Depression Mental Health

The Global Mental Health Databank, a feasibility study, hopes to enable youth from the United Kingdom, South Africa, and India to work directly with mental health researchers to better understand how young people can manage their own mental health.

People in Prison Must be Part of Public Health Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 Mental Health

Preventing serious complications from COVID-19 in potentially vulnerable populations in high risk environments, such as prisons, and preventing spread to surrounding communities needs a coordinated evidence-based approach to managing outbreaks of COVID-19 in prison settings.

2020 Most Highly Cited Researchers

Awards Mental Health

6 researchers in the Department of Psychiatry are in the Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list.

Return to School Leads to Improvement in Children's Mental Health

Anxiety COVID-19 Child and adolescent Early intervention Mental Health

Latest report from the Co-SPACE (COVID-19 Supporting Parents, Adolescents, and Children in Epidemics) survey highlights that for participating primary school aged children behavioural and restless/attentional difficulties increased between March and June. These difficulties generally decreased from July.