Come on, Science. Give Us Animal Superpowers Already – Skip Rizzo in Wired

Published: February 6, 2016
Category: News

An article about science journalist Kara Platoni’s new book We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time quotes her discussing Skip Rizzo and his work treating post-traumatic stress with virtual reality exposure therapy.
“So the scientist that I met, that I went to Colorado with, is Dr. Skip Rizzo, and he had taken this idea and said, ‘Let’s take it to a digital native generation of soldiers. Let’s create virtual Iraq and virtual Afghanistan.’ So they had made these simulations that I was just describing, these very wrap-around experiences where they would use sight and smell and audio—all of these things—to recreate this virtual combat environment. And once again the soldier would be in the company of his therapist, and he’d be talking about what happened, and she would be manipulating the environment along with his memories, and over time they found, yes, people got better.”