Project funded in 2015 by the National Program RETOS - COLABORACIÖN of the Spanish Ministery of Economy and Competitivity

Start Date: 
Friday, 1 January 2016 to Thursday, 31 January 2019
Nuevas Estrategias Terapéuticas basadas en la Realidad Virtual para el Tratamiento de los Trastornos por uso del Alcohol

Development of a tool based on Virtual Reality for the treatment of patients with alcohol-related disorders


Behavioral inhibition processes have a relevant/main role in alcohol dependance relapse. Thus, relapse preventing specific strategies should be included as part of the interventional techniques, in order to enhance behavioral and cognitive inhibition capacity/ability/success. One of the current designs to improve the behavioral control of these patients is represented by the alcohol Approach Avoidance Task (AAT), given by Wiers' group. However, this procedure could be more efficient if patients, before training in this task, were be exposed to a alcohol conditioned stimuli series (stimuli updating/retrieval), through virtual reality technology/designs/systems.This updating task (extinction training) opens a time-window/period immediately after, allowing memory trace consolidation. During this period, avoidance training could have a changing effect on the overlearned behavior, generated by alcohol cues (extinction).