Dr Adam BartonEmotion/Cognition Research Analyst, Liminal
Keynote Presentation: Innovating Mental Health: Regulating Cognitive and Emotional States in Virtual Reality
The rising prevalence of mental health challenges among school-aged children calls for innovative, effective solutions when engaging Australia’s youth. Virtual Reality (VR) has emerged as a promising tool in healthcare when treating conditions like anxiety, depression, stress, and ADHD. This presentation focuses on the use of VR when regulating emotional and cognitive states, introducing an evidence-based design approach and application within the Liminal Platform. A partnership between Liminal VR and Wellbeing in Schools Australia has brought about an ongoing nationwide implementation of the Liminal platform across Australian schools. Preliminary findings and insights gleaned from the project will be discussed. The presentation aims to equip mental health professionals in schools with a nuanced understanding of the opportunities and potential challenges facing VR mental health interventions in educational settings.
Dr Adam Barton
Emotion & Cognition Research Analyst at Liminal VR
As a key figure in Liminal's research and development initiatives, Adam specialises in harnessing the intersection between VR and psychology to enhance emotional and cognitive well-being. His PhD research provided him with a nuanced understanding of VR's impact on attention and mood, knowledge he now applies to shape Liminal's design principles. Adam's overarching aim is to unlock VR's full potential across the domains of mental health, training, education, and entertainment.