'Future First': This Is Your Brain On VR

Virtual reality is paving the way for new technological therapeutics

Technology is really a marvel. So often, as new technology comes out and allows us to do things that were thought impossible in the past, we hear the phrase "The future is now." Popular Science and XPRIZE are teaming up to explore and explain technologies like these in a video series called Future First.

Episode five of Future First is titled "Your Brain On VR." In it, we explore how virtual reality is paving the way for new technological therapeutics and VR exposure therapy can help treat people with anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. Helping to lead the discussion are Albert "Skip" Rizzo PhD (Director, USC Institute for Creative Technologies), Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD (Director, Gazzaley Lab/UCSF Neuroscience Imaging CTR), Jeremy Bailenson, PhD (Director, Stanford's Virtual Human Interaction Lab), and US Army veteran Ben Bain.