The science behind ZeroPhobia

Rigorous research by leading scientists

Exposure therapy

ZeroPhobia is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the gold standard for the treatment of phobias like fear of heights. Exposure, the key ingredient in CBT, means that a person gradually conquers his or her fear. ZeroPhobia uses gradual exposure in virtual reality, so that you can conquer your fear of heights one step at a time. Two decades of scientific research have convincingly shown that VR exposure therapy is as effective as traditional CBT for treating phobias. With ZeroPhobia you get the benefit of a full CBT-exposure treatment that you can follow on your own, in the comfort of your own home, and at your own pace.

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Scientific research into ZeroPhobia

Researchers from VU University Amsterdam have tested the effectiveness of ZeroPhobia. In 2017, 193 people suffering from fear of heights participated in a randomized controlled trial.

Participants in the study were randomly assigned to follow ZeroPhobia or to a waitlist control group. Fear of heights was assessed before the treatment and after three weeks. The results were recently published in JAMA Psychiatry and can be found here.

Publications

  • Donker, T., Cornelisz, I., van Klaveren, C., et al. (2019). Effectiveness of Self-guided App-Based Virtual Reality Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Acrophobia: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online March 20, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.0219
  • Donker, T., Van Esveld, S., Fischer, N., & Van Straten, A. (2018). 0Phobia–towards a virtual cure for acrophobia: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 19(1),

Scientific research on Clinical VR

  • Krijn M, Emmelkamp P.M.G., Biemond, R., de Wilde de Ligny, C., Schuemie, M.J., & van der Mast C.A.P.G. (2004). Treatment of acrophobia in virtual reality: The role of immersion and presence. Behaviour, Research & Therapy, 42(2), 229–239.
  • Rizzo, A., & Koenig, S. T. (2017). Is clinical virtual reality ready for primetime? Neuropsychology, 31(8), 877-899.
  • Slater M., & Sanchez-Vives M.V. (2016). Enhancing our lives with immersive virtual reality. Frontiers Robotics and AI. 3:74. doi:10.3389/frobt.2016.00074

Want to get rid of your fear of heights?

Take the screener to find out what ZeroPhobia can do for you or download ZeroPhobia directly from the App Store or Google Play.

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The science behind ZeroPhobia

Rigorous research by leading scientists

Exposure therapy

ZeroPhobia is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the gold standard for the treatment of phobias like fear of heights. Exposure, the key ingredient of CBT, means that a person gradually conquers his or her fear by practicing with height situations one step at a time. ZeroPhobia uses exposure in virtual reality (VR). Two decades of scientific research has convincingly shown that VR exposure therapy is as effective as traditional CBT for treating phobias. With ZeroPhobia you get the benefit of a full CBT-exposure treatment that you can follow yourself, in the comfort of your own home and in your own time.

FREE SCREENER

Scientific research into ZeroPhobia

Researchers from VU University Amsterdam have tested the effectiveness of ZeroPhobia. In 2017, 193 people suffering from fear of heights participated in a randomized controlled trial.

Participants in the study were randomly assigned to follow ZeroPhobia or to a waitlist control group. Fear of heights was assessed before the treatment and after three weeks. The results were recently published in JAMA Psychiatry and can be found here.

Publications

  • Donker, T., Cornelisz, I., van Klaveren, C., et al. (2019). Effectiveness of Self-guided App-Based Virtual Reality Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Acrophobia: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry.
  • Donker, T., Van Esveld, S., Fischer, N., & Van Straten, A. (2018). 0Phobia–towards a virtual cure for acrophobia: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 19(1),

Scientific research on Clinical VR

  • Krijn M, Emmelkamp P.M.G., Biemond, R., de Wilde de Ligny, C., Schuemie, M.J., & van der Mast C.A.P.G. (2004). Treatment of acrophobia in virtual reality: The role of immersion and presence. Behaviour, Research & Therapy, 42(2), 229–239.
  • Rizzo, A., & Koenig, S. T. (2017). Is clinical virtual reality ready for primetime? Neuropsychology, 31(8), 877-899.
  • Slater M., & Sanchez-Vives M.V. (2016). Enhancing our lives with immersive virtual reality. Frontiers Robotics and AI. 3:74. doi:10.3389/frobt.2016.00074

Want to get rid of your fear of heights?

Take the screener to find out what ZeroPhobia can do for you or download ZeroPhobia directly from the App Store or Google Play.

 ± 5 minutes

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