What is the role of visual-haptic interventions in the assessment of traumatic brain injury (TBI)?

Updated: Aug 20, 2019
  • Author: Morris Steffin, MD; Chief Editor: Jonathan P Miller, MD  more...
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VR simulation of daily activities can be used in the development of teaching environments for cognitive disabilities. Here, too, ERPs appear to be a valid indicator of cognitive deficit. Haptic interventions can be useful in the alleviation of motor dysfunction in some cases. Much work remains to increase the clinical reliability and utility of such approaches in ameliorating cognitive dysfunction. However, VR almost certainly will play a major role in the development of future therapeutic interventions, as indicated by correlating FMRI activation patterns to stimuli presented in a VR environment.

Particularly with cross-correlation among electrophysiological, haptic, fMRI, and novel psychometric measures, the capacity to diagnose and intervene rationally in cognitive disorders is expected to be enhanced greatly. New "virtual world" approaches to therapy and daily living assistance for neurological and cognitive disorders will begin, more routinely, to reach patients on an affordable and manageable basis.


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