What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close

Virtual Therapy Helps Residents Of A Violent City

May 29, 2012, 5:32 PM
Juarez%20edited

What is the Big Idea?

Residents of Ciudad Juárez, home of the highest murder rate in Mexico, now have some relief from the violence through a virtual reality therapy program similar to the one used to treat Iraq war soliders who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.

The virtual scenes that appear in their goggles show one of six scenarios: an armed robbery, a police checkpoint, a safe house for kidnappings and a shootout between cartel gunmen and army soldiers. Patients watch scenes that most resemble their experience and therapists further tailor the sessions to address specific needs, like playing a song heard during their ordeal.

The program greatly reduced post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, with a success rate of 80 percent, according to The New York Times.

What is the Significance?

These exercises are important for these patients because unlike soldiers of the Iraq ware who eventually leave their conflict zones, residents of Ciudad Juárez continue to live in danger. Patients have to drive by or live near where violence occurred and therapy helps them grapple with their reality.

More than 70 percent of the city’s residents had passed by a cordoned-off murder site, according to recent study by the university in Ciudad Juárez. The doctors leading the virtual reality treatment estimate that a quarter of the population in Ciudad Juárez suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

 

Virtual Therapy Helps Resid...

Newsletter: Share: