Sainsaulieu, Ivan and Vega, Anne - Does Virtual Reality Make More Room for the Patient? A Look Back at an Experimental Therapeutic Research System

societes-plurielles:6235 - Sociétés plurielles, April 1, 2020, Varia
Does Virtual Reality Make More Room for the Patient? A Look Back at an Experimental Therapeutic Research System

Authors: Sainsaulieu, Ivan and Vega, Anne

We follow from a socio-anthropological point of view the ins and outs of an experiment in neuroscience, showing a desire to increase the therapeutic effectiveness of a virtual reality device (VR) in the treatment of phobias. Patient participation, which is at the heart of therapeutic promise and the use of virtual reality technology, is partial and relatively unthinking. The actors prioritize research on the clinic and share the classic representation of the “good patient” (actionable, without social constraints, available), or even of a heroic patient, capable of an unusual endurance and adaptability. This representation goes hand in hand with the underestimation of the therapeutic tests inherent in the use of virtual reality and with the underestimation of the patient’s analytical capacities during the experiment itself.


Volume: Varia
Section: Articles
Published on: April 1, 2020
Submitted on: March 27, 2020
Keywords: medicine,neuroscience,interdisciplinary research,Sociology,anthropology,health democracy,patient participation,new technologies,virtual reality,Sociologie,anthropologie,démocratie sanitaire,participation du patient,médecine,neurosciences,recherche interdisciplinaire,nouvelles technologies,réalité virtuelle,[SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences


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