Novel virtual realities in psychiatry

Virtual Reality Therapy and Medical Technology
Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Uniklinikum Bonn
Dr. Niclas Braun

Virtual Reality Therapy refers to the computer-generated simulation of immersive, interactive environments that can induce a high experiential realness for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
The aim of the research group „Virtual Reality Therapy and Medical Technology“ is the development and further advancement as well as multimodal investigation of such VR-based diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for mental disorders.

In addition, the research group deals with various questions of medical technology, such as the development of digital health applications for ADHD and panic disorder & agoraphobia.



„Virtual Reality – Schöne neue Welt?“, Phoenix-Dokumentation (ab Minute: 22:46)

Radio feature (in German): „Mit Apps gegen die Angst: Aus dem Diga-Verzeichnis des Bundesinstituts für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte“

Dr. Niclas Braun and his team use virtual reality for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. © Volker Lannert / MIB


  • HMD-based creation of immersive, virtual 3D environments
  • Hand tracking and virtual embodiment
  • Functional near-infrared spectroscopy
  • Portable electroencephalography
  • HMD-integrated eye tracking
  • HMD-based actigraphy
  • Experience Sampling