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International Journal on Disability and Human Development

Official journal of the the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Editor-in-Chief: Merrick, Joav

Editorial Board Member: Brooks, Tony / Carmeli, BPT, Eliezer / Caron, MPH, Rosemary M. / Davidson, Philip W / Galil, Ahron / Heller, Tamar / Huff, Marlene B. / Janicki, Matthew P. / Kerr, Mike / Levy, Howard B / Lindström, Bengt / Morad, Mohammed / Omar, Hatim A. / Postolache, Teodor T. / Prasher, Vee / Shek, Daniel T.L. / Sher, Leo / Stratakis, Constantine A

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Traumatic brain injury memory training: a virtual reality online solution

1, 3 / Jorge Oliveira1 / José Pacheco2 / Diogo Morais1 / Tomaz Saraiva1 / Ricardo Lacerda2 / André Baptista1 / Nuno Santos1 / Fábio Soares1 / Luiz Gamito1, 3 / Pedro Rosa1, 4

1Faculty of Psychology, University Lusófona of Humanities and Technologies, Lisbon, Portugal

2Centre of Medical Rehabilitation of Alcoitão, Alcoitão, Portugal

3Clinic of São João de Deus, Lisbon, Portugal

4CIS, ISCTE/IUL, Avenida das Forças Armadas, Lisbon, Portugal

Corresponding author: Pedro Gamito, Faculty of Psychology, University Lusófona of Humanities and Technologies, Campo Grande, 378, Lisbon, Portugal

Citation Information: International Journal on Disability and Human Development. Volume 10, Issue 4, Pages 309–312, ISSN (Online) 2191-0367, ISSN (Print) 2191-1231, DOI: 10.1515/IJDHD.2011.049, August 2011

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This study aims at assessing an online portal where patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) can carry on memory and attention exercises outside clinic premises. The training took place in a virtual reality (VR) setup where one TBI patient had to complete a set of 10 online VR sessions. The neuropsychological evaluation was carried out with the PASAT (Paced Auditory Serial Addition Task) at pre-, during and post-treatment assessments. The results showed an increase in working memory and attention levels from the first to the final assessment, which can suggest that VR applications may promote the autonomy and increase in overall quality of life of these patients. The average time for task conclusion was 5 min.

Keywords: memory training; telerehabilitation; traumatic brain injury

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