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The impact of Deepfakes in virtual reality scenarios for mental health therapy

Digital innovations have been used as an attempt to amplify the effect of existing therapy treatments, but have a few practical limitations. Through the combination of Deepfakes and Virtual Reality, novel methods might be used to rescript therapy scenarios, where patients face themselves in situations easily co-developed with the therapists.

Core team: 

Paulina Zybinska, ZHdK Departement Design

Marte Roel Lesur, PhD, UZH Department of Psychology

Prof. Dr. phil. Birgit Kleim, UZH University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich, Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

Dr. Bigna Lenggenhager, UZH University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich


Max Rheiner,ZHdK, Somniacs 

Practice partner: 

Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik Zürich

Running time: 2023-2025