NeuroVR 1.5 in practice: Actual clinical applications of the open source VR system

Giuseppe Riva, Laura Carelli, Andrea Gaggioli, Alessandra Gorini, Cinzia Vigna, Davide Algeri, Claudia Repetto, Simona Raspelli, Riccardo Corsi, Gianluca Faletti, Luca Vezzadini

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Abstract

At CT 2007, we presented NeuroVR (http://www.neurovr.org), a free virtual reality platform based on open-source software. The software allows non-expert users to adapt the content of 14 pre-designed virtual environments to the specific needs of the clinical or experimental setting. Following the feedbacks of the 700 users who downloaded the first version, we developed a new version - NeuroVR 1.5 - that improves the possibility for the therapist to enhance the patient's feeling of familiarity and intimacy with the virtual scene, by using external sounds, photos or videos. The key characteristics that make NeuroVR suitable for most clinical applications are the high level of control of the interaction with the tool, and the enriched experience provided to the patient. Actually, NeuroVR is used in the assessment and treatment of Obesity, Alcohol Abuse, Anxiety Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorders, and Cognitive Rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Pages57-60
Number of pages4
Volume144
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • NeuroVR
  • Open source
  • Therapy
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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