A NeuroVR based tool for cognitive assessment and rehabilitation of post-stroke patients: Two case studies

Laura Carelli, Francesca Morganti, Barbara Poletti, Barbara Corra, Patrice L. Weiss, Rachel Kizony, Vincenzo Silani, Giuseppe Riva

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Abstract

Neuropsychological disorders are common in stroke patients, ranging from an isolated impairment to impairment in multiple cognitive functions. The cognitive domains affected are in particular executive functions. These comprise planning, organising, conducting, assessing and controlling actions. Dual task abilities, that is the ability to perform successive or simultaneous tasks, are not easy to be evaluated and recovered by traditional paper and pencil methods, due to their ecological and contextual nature. NeuroVR 1.5 is a cost-free virtual reality platform based on open-source software, allowing professionals to easily modify a virtual world, to best suit the needs of the clinical setting. The present study was designed to develop and test a NeuroVR based tool for the rehabilitation of shifting of attention and action planning functions using tasks reminiscent of daily life tasks. We present the virtual environment and the cognitive procedure we developed, discussing two stroke patients case studies, which underwent an integrated neuropsychological and VR assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-247
Number of pages5
JournalAnnual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine
Volume7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Keywords

  • Daily life tasks
  • Executive functions
  • NeuroVR 1.5
  • Stroke
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)

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