Bravemind is an application for clinicians specializing in treating
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
(Courtesy of USC Institute of Creative Technologies)
Makes Possible the Impractical
Alternative to conducting exposure in a war zone and/or re-traumatizing individual with combat-related PTSD. Two main virtual environments included: Iraq and Afghanistan.
Increased Treatment Response
Environments that allow for patients to add their unique memory overlay increase the potency of exposures, improve treatment response, with reduced resource demands.
Each scenario allows the clinician to customize the environment to include explosions, firefights, insurgent attacks, and roadside bombs. Extent of coalition forces and civilian injuries, damage to the vehicle (if convoy scenario is used) and directional explosions can be changed.
Sound effects include the typical sounds of a combat zone (e.g., weapon discharge), ambient city noises (e.g., call to prayer, insects buzzing, etc), radio chatter, aircraft overhead, and more.
Vibrotactile feedback delivers sensations normally associated with engine rumbling, explosions, firefights, and corresponding ambient noises.
Immersive Olfactory Experience
Scent machine can be used to deliver situation-relevant scents (e.g., cordite, diesel fuel, garbage, gunpowder, etc).