Virtual environments (VEs) are attracting much attention in clinical psychology, especially in the treatment of phobias. However, a possible new application of virtual reality (VR) in psychology is as assessment tool: VEs can be considered as a highly sophisticated form of adaptive testing. In fact, the key characteristic of VEs is the high level of control of the interaction with the tool without the constraints usually found in computer systems. Both the synthetic environment itself and the manner in which this environment is modified by the user's responses can be tailored to the needs of each client and/or therapeutic application. This article describes the context of current psychological assessment and underlines possible advantages of a VR-based assessment tool. It also details the characteristics of the Body Image Virtual Reality Scale, an assessment tool designed to assess cognitive and affective components of body image. It consists of a nonimmersive 3D graphical interface through which the patient is able to choose among seven figures that vary in size from underweight to overweight.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Cyberpsychology and Behavior|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology