Assessing the mental frame syncing in the elderly: A virtual reality protocol

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Decline in spatial memory in the elderly is often underestimated, and it is crucial to fully investigate the cognitive underpinnings of early spatial impairment. A virtual reality-based procedure was developed to assess deficit in the "mental frame syncing", namely the cognitive ability that allows an effective orientation by synchronizing the allocentric view-point independent representation with the allocentric view-point dependent representation. A pilot study was carried out to evaluate abilities in the mental frame syncing in a sample of 16 elderly participants. Preliminary results indicated that the general cognitive functioning was associated with the ability in the synchronization between these two allocentric references frames.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine 2014: Positive Change: Connecting the Virtual and the Real
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781614994015, 9781614994008
Publication statusPublished - May 30 2014


  • Allocentric
  • Elderly
  • Mental frame syncing
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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