Using a computer interface, schizophrenics were able to interact with avatars of the entities that they believed were tormenting them (Photo: Professor Julian Leff, UCL)
Some of the avatars created by the test subjects (Image: Professor Julian Leff, UCL)
Imagine if there was a voice in your head that regularly threatened to harm you or your loved ones, or that even ordered you to do so yourself. Awful as that would be, such auditory hallucinations are one of the most common symptoms of schizophrenia, with approximately one in four sufferers continuing to experience them even once taking anti-psychotic drugs. Fortunately, scientists have recently helped some schizophrenics gain control of their condition, by turning those voices into interactive avatars.
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