Lauriane completed her master degree in Clinical Neuropsychology in 2015. She is currently working as a PhD candidate in the Centre of Excellence for Rehabilitation Medicine Utrecht. Her PhD trajectory focuses on simulations as complementary tests for the assessment of cognition function in patients with acquired brain injury.
WORKSHOP 4 VR
Virtual reality simulations for the assessment of cognitive functions in patients with acquired brain injury
One drawback of paper-and-pencil neuropsychological tests is that it does not predict the outcomes of acquired brain injury very adequately, especially when it comes to impairment at the level of activities of daily living and participation. In part, this is the result of the static nature of paper-and-pencil tests. Virtual Reality (VR) is one of the most popular technological advances. Due to its highly controllable and dynamic nature, VR offers many new opportunities for the assessment of cognitive functions in a realistic environment. To this end, we have developed a Virtual Supermarket. In our presentation, we will first give a short overview of current literature on relations between VR simulations and cognitive functions as measured with traditional neuropsychological tests. Next, we will give a brief demonstration of our Virtual Supermarket and present our research plans.