EAST HANOVER, N.J. – Rehabilitation research organization Kessler Foundation is partnering with Virtualware Group to create a virtual reality based treatment for spatial neglect, the most common spatial deficit after stroke. The VR-SRT System is an intervention that enhances therapy participation through an interactive and game-like VR environment that can be implemented in-home or clinical settings. “Making the treatment game-like will improve patient engagement and motivate the patients to complete treatment regime, while receiving rehabilitative benefits,” said Dr. Peii Chen, senior research scientist in stroke rehabilitation research at Kessler Foundation, in a statement. “As VR hardware and software become more affordable and accessible, novel therapy paradigms like the VR-SRT System will be at the forefront of rehabilitation, facilitating treatment delivery, improving outcomes and reducing the burdens on individuals, families, and society.”The VR-SRT System engages the user’s visual system through stimuli presented in a head-mounted display, while simultaneously engaging the patient’s motor system through head and positional tracking and a marker-less hand-tracking device.
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