Prospects for the use of Multiplayer Online Games in psychological rehabilitation

Andrea Gaggioli, Alessandra Gorini, Giuseppe Riva

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The aim of this paper is to describe the potential role of Multiplayer Online Games (MOGs) in e-therapy. E-therapy is defined as the provision of psychological therapy and consultation over the Internet. An increasing number of MOGs are now being designed specifically for therapeutical applications, and several support groups, have been already developed in commercial MOGs such as Second Life and Entropia. From the technological viewpoint, the goal of this approach is to combine the use of Internet and Virtual Reality (VR) to create distributed virtual environments (VEs) that are used to enhance the remote communication between therapists and patients. We speculate that MOGs can convey higher feelings of presence and social presence than traditional etherapy tools such as email or chat. Embodiment by means of avatars has the potential to facilitate the clinical communication process, to positively influence group processes and cohesiveness in group-based therapies and to create higher levels of interpersonal trust. Potential caveats related to the use of MOGs in therapy are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 Virtual Rehabilitation, IWVR
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event2007 Virtual Rehabilitation, IWVR - Venice, Italy
Duration: Sep 27 2007Sep 29 2007


Other2007 Virtual Rehabilitation, IWVR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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