Project: VR study for social anxiety

2nd October 2020

The Design Psychology lab at Imperial College London invites you to take part in a study to explore the use of virtual reality (VR) for treating social anxiety in people who stammer. 

Background and purpose

Researchers at the Design Psychology lab have created virtual environments to simulate speaking scenarios that people who stammer might find difficult. They're looking for participants to test how well they replicate real-life scenarios.

The findings from this study will aid the development of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy, designed specifically for reducing social anxiety in people who stammer.

What will it involve?

The study will be remote and conducted online. If you take part, the team will ask you to watch two YouTube videos of VR party scenarios. Then you'll fill out questionnaires about your experience. The study will last approximately 20 minutes.

You will also have the chance to enter a prize draw to win a £20 Amazon voucher.

Who can take part?

If you speak English, do not have a diagnosis of a mental health issue and are over the age of 18, you are eligible to participate. You must also have a smartphone that is capable of watching 360° videos on the YouTube app.

How to take part

If you would like to participate, click here.


If you have any queries, please contact Ian Chard at

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