Virtual reality for neuropsychological diagnosis and rehabilitation: A survey

Yasir Khan, Zhijie Xu, Mark Stigant

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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 unique opportunity to provide 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. Shortlist of such applications includes assessment and treatment of phobias; obsessive compulsive disorders, posttraumatic stress disorders and hyperactive attention deficit syndromes. This paper is an effort to highlights these recent and ongoing research projects and compare this unique paradigm with conventional non -VR techniques by discussion of potential benefits and possible shortcomings. Due to the nature of research, ethical and human factors cannot be over emphasized. Paper also describes 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 clinician's armoury.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 7th International Conference on Information Visualization (IV 2003)
Subtitle of host publicationAn International Conference on Computer Visualization and Graphics Applications
EditorsFrances Titsworth
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)0769519881
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2003
Event7th International Conference on Information Visualization - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Jul 200318 Jul 2003
Conference number: 7

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Information Visualisation
ISSN (Print)1093-9547


Conference7th International Conference on Information Visualization
Abbreviated titleIV 2003
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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