MEDICA 2018

Treating the fear of spiders with augmented reality

Press Release / 29.10.2018

Arachnophobia is the technical term for the fear of spiders. Approximately 3.5 to 6.1 percent of the population suffer from this phobia. Exposure therapy is the most common form of treatment. However, 60 to 80 percent of arachnophobes do not receive any therapy because of a lack of services. Others simply cannot bear the terror of facing up to real spiders. Together with partners, Fraunhofer researchers are developing a digital therapy system that is designed to facilitate treatment in the home environment and give sufferers a better sense of security. A demonstrator of the system will be exhibited at the MEDICA trade fair in Düsseldorf from November 12 to 15 (Hall 10, Booth G05/H04).