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Cool Jobs: Doing real science in virtual worlds

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A new way to relax

For many years, Wim Veling (University of Groningen in the Netherlands) used VR to help patients overcome phobias, or fears. As a psychiatrist, he treats patients with mental-health disorders. In search of scientic evidence Veling started a small experiment to see if virtually swimming with dolphins helped his patients relax. To test this, he had his patients watch the video of the Dolphin Swim Club through a VR headset. At the same time, Veling watches them for signs of stress. He counts how fast his patients’ hearts beat. He also measures whether they’re tensing their muscles and how much they sweat.

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