In Your Head

Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker

Can virtual reality control pain? Interface designer Dr. Diane Gromala has experienced chronic pain for the last 25 years. Working with concepts of mindfulness meditation, where a patient focuses on their pain to control it, Dr. Gromala and her team have built an immersive virtual reality environment that allows patients to interface with the self by using biofeedback and sensory cues to moderate pain levels.