This is your Brain on Virtual Reality

The Auditorium, Melbourne Brain Centre

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Amy Bugeja

abugeja@unimelb.edu.au

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 the University of Melbourne Science Festival.

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