Virtual Reality for Pain Management

Hannah Weirich

April / April - 2022

Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach



Some scientific studies show that virtual reality can contribute to reducing pain. During a painful treatment, the VR experience occupies the attention and pain appears to be less severe. However, the studies mentioned above always used completely different visual representations of the virtual world, as their effect on pain perception has hardly been researched so far. VRPM is rather different: the sensors integrated in the VR headset provide information about the reaction of their wearer to the VR game created during the project. With the help of computer learning, the game can now adapt to the individual needs of the player and, for example, change colours and shapes. The result of the project is an installation in which the game can be tested. This makes it possible to experience the principle of "distraction through VR" for oneself.