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Aug 7, 2012Science and Technology
Virtual humans helping to train psychologists

Research scientists at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies have invented a new technology that will allow virtually created humans to interact with therapists via a computer screen. This technology will have a significant impact on how clinical training is conducted in the field of psychology and medicine. Highly artificially intelligent, virtual humans are able to mimic the symptoms of a patient with clinical psychological disorders. Main benefit of this invention is that before interacting with actual patients, newly trained clinicians can gain exposure to a variety of clinical conditions in a safe and effective environment. The virtual reality laboratory is launching a project funded by U.S. Department of Defense, using the information from the latest research and the related user tests  will assist in further modifying the characters for military clinical training.

Relevant Locations: Los Angeles, CA, USA
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