Special Issue "Virtual-Reality-Based Rehabilitation Technology"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Bioelectronics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Antonino Naro
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Guest Editor
IRCCS Centro Neurolesi Bonino Pulejo, 98124 Messina, Italy
Interests: neurophysiology of robot-aided neurorehabilitation; neurophysiology of disorders of consciousness
Dr. Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
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Guest Editor
IRCCS Centro Neurolesi Bonino Pulejo, 98124 Messina, Italy
Interests: robot-aided neurorehabilitation; disorders of consciousness; neurosexology

Special Issue Information

The application of virtual-reality-based rehabilitation technology (VRRT) is a growing interdisciplinary field conjugating new scientific discovery and innovative technological advancement. The use of VR in rehabilitation is well-documented as useful, feasible, and safe. However, more research is needed to transform VR according to a clinical standard for rehabilitation. This Special Issue aims to present the most recent advances in rehabilitation applications of VR, as well as their implications for future patient care. The objective of the current Special Issue is to collect studies dealing with VR-based neurologic rehabilitation, with a focus on innovative tools, neurophysiological correlates of VR application in the clinical setting, and VR-based clinical trials. Any type of contribution (original research, review, brief reports, etc.) are welcome. It is our hope that exploring the field of VR-based rehabilitation will reveal more about how technology can support rehabilitation principles and outcomes.

Dr. Antonino Naro
Dr. Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • virtual-reality-based rehabilitation technology
  • virtual reality
  • rehabilitation
  • brain injury
  • neurophysiology

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Meta-Analysis on the Effectiveness of Virtual Reality Cognitive Training (VRCT) and Computer-Based Cognitive Training (CBCT) for Individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
Electronics 2020, 9(12), 2185; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9122185 - 18 Dec 2020
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This meta-analysis aims to assess the effectiveness of virtual reality cognitive training (VRCT) and conventional computer-based cognitive training (CBCT) in five specific cognitive domains (i.e., global cognitive function (GCF), memory (Mem), executive function (EF), language (Lang) and visuospatial skills (VS)) of individuals with [...] Read more.
This meta-analysis aims to assess the effectiveness of virtual reality cognitive training (VRCT) and conventional computer-based cognitive training (CBCT) in five specific cognitive domains (i.e., global cognitive function (GCF), memory (Mem), executive function (EF), language (Lang) and visuospatial skills (VS)) of individuals with mild cognitive impairment. A total of 320 studies were yielded from five electronic databases. Eighteen randomized controlled trials met the PRISMA criteria, with 10 related to VRCT and 8 related to CBCT. A random-effect model was used in determining the main effect of cognitive training in five specific cognitive domains. VRCT provided the largest effect size on VS and Lang while the smallest on EF. CBCT provided the largest effect size on Mem and Lang while the smallest on EF. VRCT and CBCT generate an opposite effect on VS. VRCT outweighs CBCT in treatment effectiveness of GCF, EF, Lang and VS. More immersive and interactive experiences in VRCT may help individuals with MCI better engage in real-life experiences, which supports skill generalization and reduces external distractions. CBCT tends to improve Mem but no definite conclusions can be made. Further investigation with more stringent research design and specific protocol are required to reach consensus about the optimum intervention regime. Full article
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