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Virtual Reality Lab - Faculty of Psychology - Universitat de Barcelona


The group of researchers presenting this website is included within the "Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology". Our group is named "Applications of New Technologies in Clinical Psychology" and is located in the Virtual Reality (VR) laboratory, located on the second car, third floor, of the Faculty of Psychology of the university campus of Mundet, at c/ Vall Hebron, 171, Barcelona (08035).
The principal investigator is Dr. José Gutiérrez Maldonado and the team is made up of another doctor; Marta Ferrer García, doctrinarians; Bruno Porras, Alexandra Ghita and master's and undergraduate students. In this laboratory, internships are offered for both degrees to study the practicum in the specialty of research. In this offer, students are expected to acquire new knowledge in clinical psychology, virtual reality and research, with the aim of learning how to carry out research from the first phase (bibliographic search) to the last (analysis and interpretation of the results).
In order to help this research group in the most technical aspects, there is a computer programmer (Sara Badia) who is responsible for the creation of a large part of the virtual environments, as well as programming and modeling. In addition, its function is to teach students to use computer programs to gain knowledge and skills in modeling and creation of basic environments that enable them to help both in ongoing research and in the creation of a virtual environment itself to establish the basis for a new line of research.
The main service of this group is to create virtual environments in order to apply them to different disorders (both in evaluation and treatment) or in the training of skills (psychological interviews). In order to perform this service, the team has two laboratory rooms: one, where virtual environments are developed and programmed, characterized by having different computers: and the other, where there are the necessary devices to run such environments in VR. The available devices are a 3D screen, 17-inch 3D laptops, Oculus Rift Development 2 and a dome.
Different hospitals collaborate with the laboratory, such as Hospital Clínica de Barcelona, Hospital Universitario de Bellvitge, Hospital Sant Joan de Deu and Hospital Clínico San Carlos de Madrid. Also collaborating with us is the Italian Auxological Institute, one of the centres of reference for eating disorders in Italy.
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