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Living a Second Life with Schizophrenia

This week’s Economist leads off an article on the virtual world “Second Life” with psychiatry professor Peter Yellowlees, who is using it to show his students what it’s like to experience schizophrenic hallucinations. He has recreated his Sacramento clinic on an island in Second Life, and holds lectures there for his students. Previously, he could never really explain to his students what it was like to suffer from schizophrenia, but now, “It’s so powerful that some get quite upset,” he told the magazine.

More about schizophrenia research at UC Davis — from the dark ages of 2001 — here. More about Second Life, here.

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