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Research project

Technological innovation in neuropsychology

Technological advances, such as virtual reality, augmented reality and online assessment platforms are rapidly improving. These tools could potentially contribute to neuropsychological assessment that is more efficient and of higher quality.

Ineke van der Ham

Scientific relevance: Despite obvious advances in terms of efficiency and quality, there may also be some disadvantages to using technology like virtual and augmented reality. Very little is known about how such displays are processed, from a cognitive point of view. So, if we use it for e.g. diagnostics and cognitive rehabilitation, are we really measuring what we aim to measure? Also, there may be important differences between individuals when using these tools. For instance, sense of presence when using virtual reality appears to be sensitive to gender and age, while it contributes substantially to the success of using virtual reality. And how do cognitive skills translate from standard paper-and-pencil tasks to more advanced digital displays or online administration?

Aims for current research: In this line of research we aim to study technological innovations that could enhance cognitive diagnostics and rehabilitation. Specifically, we have an interest in immersive technologies, such as virtual reality, and augmented reality. We also study various digital versions of cognitive assessment and training, to understand how these can be implemented and compare to their analogue alternatives. The implementation of our findings has a broad range, including clinical practice, educational settings, and professional training and support.

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