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Immersive Virtual Reality Rehabilitation for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries

February 21, 2017 — 10:00AM EST - 05:00PM EST
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This study aims to develop an immersive experience for individuals with spinal cord injuries using virtual reality technology. Pace University students are developing an environment in Unity where individuals suffering from these injuries are able to play therapy games to promote rehabilitation and reduce pain. Further, this study will test the environments on survivors with spinal cord injuries and gain insight on how the individuals are reacting to the environment through questionnaires. The questionnaires that are being used to collect data for this study are the presence questionnaire, immersive tendencies questionnaire and the system usability and pain scales. Once this data is collected it can be used to analyze the effects of such environments as they relate to patient moods and overall satisfaction with the experience. As a result of the findings, developers will be able to create sharpened environments based on patient needs.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Reducing neuropathic pain in individuals suffering from spinal cord injuries.
  • Identifying effectiveness of immersive virtual reality experiences on patients with regard to mood.
  • Finding a correlation between patient’s rehabilitative ability and virtual reality therapy.



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