A scoping review of cognitive training in neurodegenerative diseases via computerized and virtual reality tools: What we know so far

Stefano Lasaponara, Fabio Marson, Fabrizio Doricchi, Marco Cavallo

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Abstract

Most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis are heterogeneous in their clinical profiles and underlying pathophysiology, although they typically share the presence of cognitive impairment that worsens significantly during the course of the disease. Viable pharmacological options for cognitive symptoms in these clinical conditions are currently lacking. In recent years, several studies have started to apply Computerized Cognitive Training (CCT) and Virtual Reality (VR) tools to try and contrast patients’ cognitive decay over time. However, no in-depth literature review of the contribution of these promising therapeutic options across main neurodegenerative diseases has been conducted yet. The present paper reports the state-of-the-art of CCT and VR studies targeting cognitive impairment in most common neurodegenerative conditions. Our twofold aim is to point out the scientific evidence available so far and to support health professionals to consider these promising therapeutic tools when planning rehabilitative interventions, especially when the access to regular and frequent hospital consultations is not easy to be provided.

Original languageEnglish
Article number528
JournalBrain Sciences
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuropsychology
  • Parkinson’s disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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