Pixvana and Limbix Aim to Combat Adolescent Depression Using VR

The project also involves Stony Brook, UT Austin, and Harvard researchers.

Pixvana is best known for its cloud-based virtual reality (VR) platform Spin Studio. Recently, the company announced a partnership with VR healthcare firm Limbix to create interactive immersive therapy for adolescent depression and anxiety.

Pixvana - VR Therapy

Through a collaboration between Pixvana, Limbix, Stony Brook, UT Austin, and Harvard researchers, they’re developing experiences that depict various situations that could lead to depression in adolescents. This, in turn, teaches teens how their brain functions and how thoughts and feelings develop, which will enable them to learn about controlling them as well as changing them for the better.

“The purpose of the project is not only to bring insight into depression – and let kids know they aren’t alone in their struggles – but also to teach kids how to process, confront and work through their feelings and challenges,” said Elise Ogle, Program Manager at Limbix in a statement. “Pixvana served as the perfect production partner, allowing us to focus on the lesson plan and research integration, while they ensured high-quality video and provided expert consultation.”

The VR project was filmed at Youngstown Arts and Cultural Center using a Google Jump camera, with each scene attempting to depict situations in a gender and age appropriate context so they can be shown in school classrooms. They will also be used by the professional therapist community.

Pixvana - VR Therapy scene

“The use of virtual reality as a medium can quickly put adolescents in familiar classroom settings, or immerse them in real-life scenarios, engaging them in a very meaningful, safe and lasting way,” said Rachel Lanham, Chief Operating Officer at Pixvana. “It’s an immersive and stimulating learning experience, and highly effective at communicating important messages and coping strategies. We hope this project can make a difference among teens by using technology to help break down stigmas that may exist about depression.”

VRFocus will continue its coverage relating to the latest VR therapy’s, reporting back with more announcements.

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