Cybertherapy in practice: The VEPSY updated project

Giuseppe Riva, Cristina Botella, Gianluca Castelnuovo, Andrea Gaggioli, Fabrizia Mantovani, Enrico Molinari

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Rapid and far-reaching technological advances are changing the ways in which people relate, communicate, and live. Technologies that were hardly used ten years ago, such as the Internet, e-mail, and video teleconferencing are becoming familiar methods for diagnosis, therapy, education and training. This is producing an emerging field-cybertherapy-whose focus is the use of communication and information technologies to improve the health care processes. To exploit and understand this potential was the aim of the 'Telemedicine and Portable Virtual Environment in Clinical Psychology' - VEPSY UPDATED-a European Community funded research project (IST-2000-25323, . The chapter describes the clinical and technical rationale behind the cybertherapy applications developed by the project. Further, the actual role of virtual reality in the cybertherapy field is discussed, focusing on the advantages provided by its three different faces: technological, experiential and communicative.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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