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Game Technology to Help Women With Dating Violence

Gamedaily.biz writes: "Psychologists and The Guildhall at SMU's graduate-level video game design program have teamed up to develop a realistic alternative to old-fashioned role-play.

Women interested in protecting themselves from sexual assault may be turning to virtual reality for strategies in the future. Dedman College's Psychology Department and The Guildhall at SMU have begun experimenting with virtual programs that put women in situations where they can understand and avoid potential problems that occur with dating violence.

The simulation currently being used places the female participant in an automobile passenger seat of a car on a dark, rainy day next to a male actor who will control the virtual driver. The female then puts on a head-mounted video display that senses head movement and an audio headset."

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