This is your brain on virtual reality

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 event is brought to you by the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute and the Melbourne Networked Society Institute as part of Science Week at the University of Melbourne.