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The New Virtual Reality of Healthcare

As a media psychologist, Dr. Durnell focuses on using virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic technology to transform healthcare.  Dr. Durnell works in the commercialization and human behavior side for medical and clinical applications—in particular, VR innovations for the treatment of PTSD/Phobias, mental health, pain management, addictions, cognitive rehabilitation, medical/clinical education, wellness and surgical training.  

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The Brain Machine Connection: How AI, VR and Digital Therapeutics are Transforming Education, Research and Healthcare

Medicine promises to become the biggest vertical market for the use of VR. Some believe the deepest and most significant impact technology currently can make is in clinical, medical and the healthcare industry.

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Dr. Durnell "Disrupting Healthcare: How Medical Virtual Reality Impacts Patient Outcomes"

Medicine promises to become the biggest vertical market for the use of VR.  Recent research has demonstrated that VR is changing healthcare outcomes by structuring it—by augmenting it—by replacing it. Dr. Durnell discusses how advances in virtual reality are changing patient results.

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Teaching the Psychology of Technology to Graduate Students

The goal of this course is to prepare students to understand new technologies, the effect they can have on behavioral change and the potential for impacting humanitarian relief, civic engagement, social infrastructures and therapeutic innovations. This course will strive to provide current information, varying perspectives and will be practical and informed by theory and research. Every week students will be introduced to a different technology, technological application or technology solution, such as AI, AR, VR, robotics and technology-driven healthcare.

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Dr. Durnell Presenting at American Psychological Association APA 2018 Convention

Speaking at APA on In Group/ Out group Bias and how virtual reality (VR) can bring insight into this form of favoritism toward one's own group or derogation of another group. An in-group is a group of people who identify with each other based on a variety of factors including gender, race, religion, or geography. The tendency to distinguish between in-group and out-group members has moral implications.

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