This is your Brain on Virtual Reality
Free Public Lecture
Auditorium, Melbourne Brain Centre
Kenneth Myer Building
Royal Parade, Parkville
No longer within the realms of science fiction, virtual reality technologies are advancing neurological and cognitive development and rehabilitation. Virtual reality has already been used successfully to treat youth and adult mental health conditions such as phobia, and it may also be beneficial for young people suffering a broader set of conditions such as psychosis and depression.
Whether it be used in conjunction with transcranial stimulation to improve cognitive ability in people with Parkinson’s disease, or used on its own to deliver telehealth group singing interventions for people with quadriplegia to improve respiratory function, voice, mood and social connectedness, augmented and virtual reality programs have opened up a new world of research.
This lecture is hosted by the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute and the Melbourne Networked Society Institute as part of Science Week at the University of Melbourne.
Dr Sarah Bendall, Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist
Dr Jenny Waycott, Lecturer, Computing & Information Systems, Engineering
Dr Greg Wadley, Lecturer, School of Computing and Information Systems, Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne
Dr Greg Wadley
Lecturer, School of Computing and Information Systems, Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne
Greg Wadley is a Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. He studies the application of technology to health and wellbeing in areas such as youth mental health, adult mental health, social connectedness, smoking cessation, health screening, Asperger's syndrome, chronic pain and climate change, and has authored papers on anthropology of drug use and research in sensitive settings. He holds degrees in HumanComputer Interaction (PhD, Melbourne), Cognitive Science (MSc, Melbourne), and Computer Science (BSc, Queensland). Greg is a member of ACM SIGCHI and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.
Dr Jeanette Tamplin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Jeanette Tamplin
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Melbourne
Dr Jeanette Tamplin is a registered music therapist, researcher and lecturer specialising in neurorehabilitation for people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury or other neurological disorder. She has worked clinically in the neurorehabilitation field for 15 years and also undertaken research in this area. Her clinical and research interests include the therapeutic effects of singing, speech and language rehabilitation, respiratory training, therapeutic songwriting, and coping and adjustment following traumatic injury or illness. Jeanette has published in international and interdisciplinary refereed journals and has contributed chapters to several edited books on music therapy, as well as coauthoring a text with Dr Felicity Baker: *Music Therapy Methods in Neurorehabilitation: A Clinician’s Manual* in 2006 (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).