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January 24, 1996

Spider Phobia Control

Author Affiliations

Kaiser Permanente San Diego, Calif

JAMA. 1996;275(4):332. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530280084053

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This DOS-based computer program, which runs under Windows as well, is designed to provide a graded series of interactive images of spiders to permit controlled presentation of stimuli for modification of spider phobia.

Installation is made more difficult than necessary by the inclusion of the program files in a subdirectory on the distribution diskette. This will only slow the neophyte but should be eliminated in future distribution. I experienced minor problems with a mouse driver, which uses memory, and some screen erasure. In fairness, the program displayed none of these problems on a system with the mouse drive in low memory.

The manual gives a concise summary of program operations, but the program is simple enough in operation that only the use of the right mouse button for controlled movement of the images really requires reading the manual.

Spider Phobia Control is intended to reach three groups: therapists seeking to