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date: 21 June 2021

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Virtual environments (VEs) represent a new and powerful medium through which an individual can become immersed in an "alternative reality." Applications of these environments are increasingly used to treat psychological disorders such as anxiety and autism spectrum disorders. We review the available literature regarding the use of VEs to treat these and other clinical disorders, highlighting both what we know and what we need to learn. We end with suggestions for integrating VE into future research endeavors.

Keywords: Virtual environments, virtual reality, virtual exposure, treatment, clinical research

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