Virtual reality for memory rehabilitation

Guo, W. H. and Lim, S. Y. E. and Fok, S. C. and Chan, G. Y. C. (2004) Virtual reality for memory rehabilitation. International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 21 (1/2). pp. 32-37. ISSN 0952-8091

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This paper describes a prototype virtual reality (VR) system that has been developed to assist the rehabilitation of elderly with mild-to-moderate memory deficits. The use of virtual reality in rehabilitation is reviewed along with the clinical requirements to establish the framework for the proposed system. This framework is presented together with the use of the prototype system to perform a simple cooking task in a virtual kitchen. The evaluation results show that the completion time for the virtual task is dependent on the person's mobility and knowledge of computers. It was found that the mean completion time decreases significantly with more practices. Although the time taken for the completion of the virtual cooking task is longer than the average time needed to actually cook a package of instant noodle, the overall results give strong indication of the usability of the VR application for rehabilitation. The results are encouraging and show the potential of immersive virtual reality for memory rehabilitation.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Access to abstract in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:47
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 02:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: memory rehabilitation; virtual reality; virtual cooking; virtual kitchen
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170201 Computer Perception, Memory and Attention
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080111 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920112 Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2004.005336
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/14707

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