My scientific contribution on Psychosis

Over the last two decades there has been a rapid increase of studies testing the efficacy and
acceptability of virtual reality in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems.
This systematic review was carried out to investigate the use of virtual reality in the
assessment and the treatment of psychosis. Web of Science, PsychInfo, Embase, Scopus,
ProQuest, and PubMed databases were searched, resulting in the identification of 638 articles
potentially eligible for inclusion; of these, 50 studies were included in the review. The main
fields of research in virtual reality and psychosis are: safety and acceptability of the
technology; neurocognitive evaluation; functional capacity and performance evaluation;
assessment of paranoid ideation and auditory hallucinations; and interventions.
The studies reviewed indicate that virtual reality offers a valuable method of assessing the
presence of symptoms in ecologically valid environments, with the potential to facilitate
learning new emotional and behavioural responses. Virtual reality is a promising method to
be used in the assessment of neurocognitive deficits and the study of relevant clinical
symptoms. Furthermore, preliminary findings suggest that it can be applied to the delivery of
cognitive rehabilitation, social skills training interventions and virtual reality assisted
therapies for psychosis. The potential benefits for enhancing treatment are highlighted.
Recommendations for future research include demonstrating generalizability to real life
settings, examining potential negative effects, larger sample sizes and long-term follow-up
studies.