June 24, 2013 | Jasmine

I've always found it easy to make friends, but there are a few moments I wish I'd practised for beforehand. Now I might be able to...

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have created virtual scenarios to help people with social anxiety rehearse their behaviour and modify it. Some participants found the virtual environment increased their confidence, but others found it odd. I don't think technology is anywhere close to replacing living, breathing interactions with humans... yet.

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Participants can see a life-size image of themselves projected on a screen

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