Augmented reality helps tackle fear of spiders

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Researchers from the University of Basel have developed an augmented reality app for smartphones in order to help people reduce their fear of spiders.

The app has already shown itself to be effective in a clinical trial, with subjects experiencing less fear of real spiders after completing just a few training sessions with the app at home. The study was supported by the SNSF.