Enhancing neurocognitive assessment using immersive virtual reality

Thomas D. Parsons, Susan McPherson, Victoria Interrante

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Abstract

Immersive virtual reality has significant potential as a tool for enhancing the reliability and specificity of neurocognitive assessment by supporting the ability to carry out carefully controlled, replicable, highly detailed and ecologically valid testing of peoples' ability to perform complex executive functions such as planning and organizing, problem-solving and multitasking, and selective attention and inhibitory control, which are difficult to evaluate using standard paper-and-pencil measures of basic cognitive abilities such as memory, learning, or reasoning. We begin this short paper with an overview of current diagnostic needs in the field of neuropsychology, and a vision of the advantages that immersive virtual reality has the potential to offer as a diagnostic platform. We then briefly summarize our preliminary efforts to develop a robust virtual reality platform for neuropsychological assessment that incorporates a variety of physiological metrics as well as detailed measures of multiple attributes of task performance in a Virtual Environments Grocery Store (VEGS).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages27-34
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Event2013 1st Workshop on Virtual and Augmented Assistive Technology, VAAT 2013 - Co-located with the 2013 Virtual Reality Conference - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Mar 17 2013Mar 17 2013

Conference

Conference2013 1st Workshop on Virtual and Augmented Assistive Technology, VAAT 2013 - Co-located with the 2013 Virtual Reality Conference
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period3/17/133/17/13

Keywords

  • Cognitive assessment
  • Neuropsychology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Virtual reality

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    Parsons, T. D., McPherson, S., & Interrante, V. (2013). Enhancing neurocognitive assessment using immersive virtual reality. 27-34. Paper presented at 2013 1st Workshop on Virtual and Augmented Assistive Technology, VAAT 2013 - Co-located with the 2013 Virtual Reality Conference, Orlando, FL, United States. https://doi.org/10.1109/VAAT.2013.6786190