4. Immersive virtual reality in neurology

At the interface of neurology, psychology, and technology, we develop and evaluate applications for digital diagnostics and rehabilitation of cognitive or motor impairments. We focus on immersive technologies, most importantly virtual reality.

Virtual worlds for digital diagnostics and cognitive rehabilitation

The aim of the "Virtual worlds for digital diagnostics and cognitive rehabilitation" (VReha) project was to develop and implement VR-based tools to help the diagnostics and rehabilitation of cognitive deficits. Compared to more traditional diagnostic tests, VR can provide a more naturalistic (interactive and dynamic) everyday environment in which cognitive functions can be assessed. In addition, VR allows for the development of motivating and adaptive tasks that can be used for training and rehabilitation. For the VReha project, we collaborated with clinical (Tagesklinik “Cognitive Neurology”, Leipzig, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin/Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), technical (Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute), and industry partners (HASOMED GmbH). VReha was funded from 2017-2021 by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Mobile immersive virtual reality for a sensitive digital diagnostics of spatial neglect

In this project, we aim to improve the treatment of post-stroke attention deficits by using mobile immersive virtual reality (VR) for an automated, precise, and personalized diagnosis of spatial neglect.
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