Jae-Jin Kim

Jae-Jin Kim received the M.D. (1987) and Ph.D. (2002) degrees in psychiatry from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. He currently works as a professor and a chair at the Department of Psychiatry, Yonsei University Gangnam Severance Hospital, and as s director at the Institute of Behavioral Science in Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. His research interests are to develop the virtual reality programs for improving social functions in psychiatric patients such as schizophrenia and social phobia, and to investigate the pathophysiology of social deficits using the fMRI and PET. He has published a lot of papers about virtual reality and neuroimaging, and recently won the best researcher award, Yonsei University Gangnam Severance Hospital (Oct, 2010).

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Technological advancement in graphics and other human motion tracking hardware has promoted pushing "virtual reality" closer to "reality" and thus usage of virtual reality has been extended to various fields. The most typical fields for the application of virtual reality are medicine and engineering. The reviews in this book describe the latest virtual reality-related knowledge in these two fields such as: advanced human-computer interaction and virtual reality technologies, evaluation tools for cognition and behavior, medical and surgical treatment, neuroscience and neuro-rehabilitation, assistant tools for overcoming mental illnesses, educational and industrial uses. In addition, the considerations for virtual worlds in human society are discussed. This book will serve as a state-of-the-art resource for researchers who are interested in developing a beneficial technology for human society.

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