Monday, May 28, 2007

Virtual Reality used to show you what dementia is like..

Virtual Hallucinations are here. Created by Janssen L.P., it is a rig with earphones and goggles that convinces you that you are schizophrenic. There are two scenarios. In one, you're riding a bus in which other riders appear and disappear, birds of prey claw at the windows, and voices hiss, "He's taking you back to the FBI!" The other features a trip to the drugstore, where the pharmacist seems to be handing you poison instead of pills, and hostile customers stare at you in disgust. Health care professionals, law enforcement and others that deal with the mentally unstable all over the country are experiencing this in order to have a better understanding of what a schizophrenic goes through.

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