NeuroVR 2 - A free virtual reality platform for the assessment and treatment in behavioral health care

Giuseppe Riva, Andrea Gaggioli, Alessandra Grassi, Simona Raspelli, Pietro Cipresso, Federica Pallavicini, Cinzia Vigna, Andrea Gagliati, Stefano Gasco, Giuseppe Donvito

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At MMVR 2007 we presented NeuroVR ( a free virtual reality platform based on open-source software. The software allows non-expert users to adapt the content of 14 pre-designed virtual environments to the specific needs of the clinical or experimental setting. Following the feedbacks of the 2000 users who downloaded the first versions (1 and 1.5), we developed a new version - NeuroVR 2 ( - that improves the possibility for the therapist to enhance the patient's feeling of familiarity and intimacy with the virtual scene, by using external sounds, photos or videos. More, when running a simulation, the system offers a set of standard features that contribute to increase the realism of the simulated scene. These include collision detection to control movements in the environment, realistic walk-style motion, advanced lighting techniques for enhanced image quality, and streaming of video textures using alpha channel for transparency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 18: NextMed, MMVR18 - Newport Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 9 2011Feb 12 2011


OtherMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 18: NextMed, MMVR18
CountryUnited States
CityNewport Beach, CA


  • Assessment
  • NeuroVR
  • Open source
  • Therapy
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management
  • Medicine(all)

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