Virtual reality technology could be a powerful tool in diagnosing social anxiety disorder

first_imgShare Pinterest A team of German researchers is hoping to use virtual reality technology to diagnose social anxiety disorder. Their initial results have been published in the scientific journal Computers in Human Behavior.“Most of the work done with VR so far (including from our workgroup) was done either as a treatment for anxiety disorders or as a method to investigate mechanisms behind exposure therapy. This is one of the first studies that used VR as a possible diagnostic tool (in this case for social fear),” explained study author Youssef Shiban of the University of Regensburg.“Once validated in other studies, this could open new doors for us as therapists and researchers, as we can use behavioral and psychophysiological data to better diagnose. This is extremely useful as most diagnoses are conducted per conversation and are based on subjective input from the patient that could be biased for various reasons.” Share on Facebook LinkedIncenter_img Email The researchers found that they could distinguish between low- and high-social-anxious participants by using VR technology to monitor how long people looked at faces in a virtual social situation.The study of 19 low- and 18 high-socially-anxious participants used two different virtual social environments. One environment involved the participant obtaining a train ticket. The second virtually recreated the waiting room of a doctor’s office. The researchers monitored the participants’ eye movements and skin conductance while they navigated the virtual worlds — but only observed a higher skin conductance response in high-anxious participants in the train scenario. However, they observed that in both virtual environments the high-anxious group concentrated their gaze for a significantly shorter time on the faces of the avatars.“If you had to choose between skin conductance and eye tracking to differentiate between socially fearful participants and someone with less social fear, go with eye tracking,” Shiban told PsyPost. Previous research has found that anxious individuals are quick to gaze at potentially threatening stimuli but subsequently avert their eyes, which serves as a defensive reaction to reduce anxiety.Though the initial results are promising, more research is needed.“This line of research is still in its infancy, there is a lot of work to do before you can diagnose someone using virtual reality,” Shiban said. “We still need to test and validate this in more studies and with pathological groups and validate it using clinical interviews. Give us time.”The study, “Potential Of Virtual Reality As A Diagnostic Tool For Social Anxiety: A Pilot Study“, was also co-authored by Martin Dechant, Sabine Trimpl, Christian Wolff, Andreas Mühlberger. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Rick Dauch Named Accuride’s President and CEO

first_imgEVANSVILLE, Ind. – Accuride Corp. has announced that Richard “Rick” Dauch has been appointed to serve as the company’s president and CEO. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Dauch succeeds Bill Lasky, who has served as interim president and CEO since September 2008. Lasky has also served as chairman of the board since January 2009 and will continue in that role. “I have enjoyed serving as interim president and CEO, and working closely with Accuride’s strong management team throughout this very challenging economic cycle. I am equally looking forward to supporting Rick and the company as I continue in my role as chairman,” said Lasky. “Rick brings us extensive experience leading complex, global businesses, an in-depth understanding of manufacturing and supply chain systems, and proven leadership skills. These make him highly qualified to lead Accuride into the upturn in the commercial vehicle industry, successfully taking us to the next level of performance and delivering exceptional results for all of our stakeholders.” Dauch joins Accuride from Michigan-based Acument Global Technologies, an industry leader in mechanical fastening systems, where he had served as president and CEO since June 2008. Dauch led an extensive restructuring of Acument, divesting non-strategic and under-performing operations, and virtually eliminating its debt, while simultaneously making critical investments and implementing LEAN systems across the remaining business units. Under his leadership, Acument emerged from the recent global recession financially and competitively strengthened. Advertisement Prior to joining Acument, Dauch served as executive vice president of Worldwide Manufacturing for American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) Inc., where he was responsible for the daily operations of 17 global manufacturing facilities and 10,000 employees. In addition to serving as president of the Metal Formed Division, Dauch held a number of leadership roles within AAM during his 13-year tenure with the company, including director of strategic planning, vice president of sales and marketing and vice president of investor relations and financial planning. Prior to AAM, Dauch led the specialty packaged products business of United Technologies’ Carrier Division. “Accuride is a financially solid company with market leading brands, a loyal customer base, and a strong foundation of world-class product and process technology. I am excited to join the Accuride team and look forward to developing and executing a plan to selectively and profitably grow the company,” said Dauch. Dauch’s corporate career was preceded by his service as an officer in the United States Army, including qualification as an Airborne Ranger and concluding with his assignment as a Light Infantry Company Commander in the 10th Mountain Division. This service followed his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He later earned dual master of science degrees in management and engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Advertisement Dauch serves on the board of directors of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, the Michigan Manufacturers Association, Spartan Motors, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Foundation and the West Point Army Football Club.last_img read more

Mike Davidson Joins Elite Worldwide as Business Development Coach

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. – Elite Worldwide has announced that Mike Davidson, an award-winning shop owner, has joined the company as its newest business development coach.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In his new role, Davidson will utilize his years of experience as a shop owner in Little Rock, Ark., and the information he’s attained while serving on numerous industry boards and panels, to help shop owners throughout the U.S. build more profitable businesses. In addition to owning and operating one of the most successful auto repair shops in the U.S., Davidson is a graduate of the Automotive Management Institute, was the recipient of Arkansas’s NAPA Technician of the Year Award for seven consecutive years and is a winner of the coveted Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. Davidson has an affinity for helping others, and currently does so by providing viewers with car care tips in local CBS segments. “Elite is always looking for business development coaches who not only have a history of success as shop owners, but who have a genuine commitment to ethics as well. For an individual like Mike Davidson to join our team, who not only runs one of top shops in the country, but who has won the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, is an absolute honor. I’m excited to work with Mike, and know he’ll do an excellent job of helping shop owners build more successful businesses through his one-on-one guidance,” said Bob Cooper, president of Elite Worldwide.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Chart 135: COVID-19 In New Mexico July 27

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Daejan gets green light for London’s latest Hilton

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Opportunities on offer in Paris, Madrid, Sydney and London…

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Auctions analysis

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Chart announces acquisition of Hetsco

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GC Rieber Shipping Delivers Expected First Quarter Results

first_imgGC Rieber Shipping maintains stable and good operations, and delivers a good result for the first quarter.Polar MarquisTotal fleet utilisation was 89 percent in the quarter, down from 100 percent in the corresponding period in 2013. The decrease is related to a planned yard stay for the upgrading of “Polar Marquis”, which will be ready for operations second half of May 2014.Operating revenues for the first quarter 2014 was NOK 167.9 million, down from NOK 181.0 million in the first quarter 2013. EBITDA ended at NOK 74.9 million, compared to NOK 89.8 million, and corresponds to an EBITDA margin of 45 percent. The decrease is mainly related to reduced revenues following the sale of “HMS Protector” in September 2013, and the rebuilding of “Polar Marquis”.During the quarter, GC Rieber Shipping has sold its share in Reef Subsea and taken delivery of the vessel “Polar Onyx”.GC Rieber Shipping had a profit of NOK 41.8 million in the first quarter, compared to NOK 11.2 million in the corresponding period in 2013.“First quarter past without any operational surprises, and the result was as expected. We have restructured our portfolio and strengthened the focus on the core business,” comments CEO Irene Waage Basili.At the end of first quarter 2014, GC Rieber Shipping had a solid contract backlog of NOK 3.1 billion with average contract duration of 2.6 years. The contract coverage for 2014, 2015 and 2016 is 98 percent, 62 percent and 48 percent respectively.Press Release, May 16, 2014last_img read more

Good Trains for All in five years

first_imgDANISH State Railways has launched a five-year programme to expand and upgrade its passenger services, including new rolling stock, routes and stations. Director-General Henrik Hassenkam says the Good Trains for All programme will help DSB win more traffic with comfortable trains and more cost-effective operations. By 2006 DSB will be operating 25% more trains than today outside the capital’s S-bane network. All stations in Sjaelland will have at least two trains an hour, with four on the trunk routes.Spearheading the GTA programme will be a fleet of 83 four-car DMUs, ordered from AnsaldoBreda in December at a cost of DKr5bn. Due for delivery between March 2003 and July 2005, the Pininfarina-designed IC4s will carry 225 passengers per set. Destined to take over inter-city services between København and Jutland, the 200 km/h units will each be powered by four 20 litre Iveco Aifo V8 engines through ZF transmissions with electronic controls. The deal includes options for up to 67 more sets.The IC4s will allow redeployment of the present IC3 DMUs and IR4 EMUs to increase frequencies on other inter-city and inter-regional routes. With DSB’s 24 Øresund EMUs to be delivered by June 2001, the fleet will comprise 243 main line units and 120 new S-bane sets. S-bane improvements include double-tracking from Ballerup to Frederikssund, completed last November, new stations, and new links now under constuction to enable a Ringbane service from Hellerup to Ny Ellebjerg. All S-bane routes will have a minimum 10min interval service.Investment is planned to develop regional routes around Odense, Århus, Aalborg and Esbjerg, with new stations to be served by at least two trains/h. nlast_img read more