Music-enhanced immersive virtual reality in the rehabilitation of memory-related cognitive processes and functional abilities: A case report

Gabriele Optale, Salvatore Capodieci, Pietro Pinelli, Daniela Zara, Luciano Gamberini, Giuseppe Riva

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Abstract

The use of virtual reality (VR) applications in the rehabilitation of memory-related cognitive processes and functional abilities, is supported by different studies showing that in persons with neurologically-based memory impairment, procedural memory often remain relatively intact. VR, by way of its interactive and immersive features, could be used to exploit the patient's preserved procedural abilities. In particular, cognitive processes could be restored via procedures practiced repetitively within an environment which contains functional real-world demands. Starting from the above rationale, the paper presents the music-enhanced VR-based treatment of C., a 65-year old woman, experiencing an impairment in memory-related cognitive processes. At the end of treatment the subject experienced a 12-week booster section. The results presented showed that, after the treatment, the patient experienced an improved clinical condition confirmed by the results of different neuropsychological tests. These results were maintained even during a 3-month follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-462
Number of pages13
JournalPresence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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