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Virtual reality may soon help your overcome your fear of spiders


Arachnophobia could soon be a thing of the past thanks to VR-assisted exposure therapy. — AFP

Arachnophobia could soon be a thing of the past thanks to VR-assisted exposure therapy. — AFP

Scientists and technicians are working on a high-tech cure for the age-old fear of spiders. The idea is to make exposure therapy simpler by using virtual reality eliminating the need for actual spiders to confront patients with. 

"Sometimes we've had to cancel appointments because we didn't have any spiders at hand," says Tanja Michael, a professor of clinical psychology and psychotherapy at Germany's Saarland University. 

   

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