Virtual Reality and Neuropsychology: Upgrading the Current Tools : The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation

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Virtual Reality and Neuropsychology

Upgrading the Current Tools

Schultheis, Maria T. PhD; Himelstein, Jessica MA; Rizzo, Albert A. PhD

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Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 17(5):p 378-394, October 2002.



Virtual reality (VR) is an evolving technology that has been applied in various aspects of medicine, including the treatment of phobia disorders, pain distraction interventions, surgical training, and medical education. These applications have served to demonstrate the various assets offered through the use of VR.


To provide a background and rationale for the application of VR to neuropsychological assessment.


A brief introduction to VR technology and a review of current ongoing neuropsychological research that integrates the use of this technology.


VR offers numerous assets that may enhance current neuropsychological assessment protocols and address many of the limitations faced by our traditional methods.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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