This unit contributed co-authored the first published work in the use of VRET for the treatment of claustrophobia in 1998. And since then, it has developed and tested the effectiveness of VRET techniques for different problems like fear of flying (2002); phobia to small animals (2002); burned patients (2004); pathological gamble (2003) and panic and agoraphobia (2004, 2007). It has leaded the development of VRET systems for the treatment of body image problems in eating disorders and obesity. In different projects it has designed, developed and tested personalized 3D body modeled systems in a VR system with results published in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003. In 2002, it designed and developed the first VRET adaptive display (EMMA system).
The objective of this emerging and extremely innovative research area is to develop VRET systems that adapts in real time to the mental, physical and contextual state of the patient. The clinical results of the use of the EMMA system for the treatment of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorders) were published in 2006, being the first work confirming the clinical efficacy of the use of an adaptive display VRET system. Since then, it has co-authored works that describes the successful use of these new VRET systems “open and personalizable” to tackle serious problems as post-traumatic stress (2006, 2007, 2008). In 2004, we proposed the first use of augmented reality (AR) technology in VRET systems with excellent clinical results. The clinical results of the first AR based VRET system at international level were published in 2005. Since then, it has directed several research lines in this field that has led several pioneering works like the use of invisible markers for AR systems and the inclusion of immersive photography in AR systems with excellent clinical results.