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Virtual reality for neuropsychological diagnosis and rehabilitation: a survey

Khan, Yasir, Xu, Z.J. and Stigant, M. (2003) Virtual reality for neuropsychological diagnosis and rehabilitation: a survey. In: Seventh International Conference on Information Visualization, 2003. IV 2003. Proceedings. IEEE, pp. 158-163. ISBN 0-7695-1988-1

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Recently the considerable potential of virtual reality has been recognized for the scientific study, diagnosis and treatment in the field of mental healthcare. It provides a unique opportunity to provide a natural interface and to mimic actual challenges faced by impaired subjects in their lives. In spite of certain limitations, some work has emerged which provides guidelines for future research efforts. A shortlist of such applications includes assessment and treatment of phobias; obsessive compulsive disorders, posttraumatic stress disorders and hyperactive attention deficit syndromes. We highlight these recent and ongoing research projects and compare this unique paradigm with conventional nonVR techniques by discussion of potential benefits and possible shortcomings. Due to the nature of research, ethical and human factors cannot be over emphasized. We also describe the limitations of VR in the field of practical psychology as media hype has over sold its potential. With recent advances in technology, it is not unrealistic to hope that VR will soon be a part of a clinician's armoury

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
Depositing User: Briony Heyhoe
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2008 14:41
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:41


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