According to Vince Beiser in this month's issue of Wired, a new device called Virtual Hallucinations is training cops, paramedics and social workers what it feels like to be schizophrenic. Beiser writes,
"The system offers two scenarios. In one, you're riding a bus in which other riders appear and disappear, birds of prey claw at the windows, and voices hiss, 'He's taking you back to the FBI!' The other features a trip to the drugstore, where the pharmacist seems to be handing you poison instead of pills, and hostile customers stare at you in disgust.
"Developed with psychiatrists and endorsed by advocates for the mentally ill, Virtual Hallucinations is being used by law enforcement, corrections and health care professionals in at least half a dozen states."
The idea, according to an article in the De Moines Register, the purpose of this "a high-tech virtual reality mask" is to help people develop a more empathetic understanding of what people with hallucinations are experiencing.Tweet