PsychNology Journal, Volume 1, Number 3, 310 – 325

Virtual Reality based tools for the rehabilitation of cognitive and executive functions: the V-STORE

G. Castelnuovo
ATN-P LAB, Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology Lab, Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Milan, ITALY
Facoltà di Psicologia, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, ITALY

C. Lo Priore
Presidio di Riabilitazione Extra-Ospedaliera “Paolo VI” Casalnoceto AL, ITALY
Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, Università di Padova Padova, ITALY

D. Liccione
Presidio di Riabilitazione Extra-Ospedaliera “Paolo VI” Casalnoceto AL, ITALY

G. Cioffi
Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca Milan, ITALY

 

ABSTRACT

Cognitive rehabilitation is represented by the application of a lot of procedures in order to enhance development of skills and strategies necessary to overcome cognitive deficits. Computer-based tools can be fruitfully used in the assessment and rehabilitation of cognitive and executive functions. In particular Virtual Reality could play a key role in the rehabilitation of psychological functions due to a creation of synthetic environments where it is possible to carry on tasks very similar to the ones experienced in real contexts. After an analysis of the main characteristics and open issues of the PC and VR based cognitive rehabilitation, the major aim of this paper is to describe: a) the rationale for the use of Virtual Reality in this field and b) some VR tools (V-Store, V-Tol, V-Wcst) used with a particular category of dysfunction, the Dysexecutive Syndrome, typical of the patients with frontal lobe injuries and other neurological diseases. In particular the description of V-Store is provided.

 

KEYWORDS

Virtual Reality, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Dysexecutive Syndrome, Frontal Lobe Syndrome, computer-based tools.

 

CITE AS

Castelnuovo G., Lo Priore C., Liccione D., Ciuffi G. (2003). Virtual Reality based tools for the rehabilitation of cognitive and executive functions: the V-STORE. PsychNology Journal, 1(3), 310 – 325. Retrieved [month] [day], [year], from www.psychnology.org.

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