Immersive VR Headset to Understand Brain Activity:  Bradley Tanner, Division

Immersive headset-based Virtual Reality as seen in the Oculus Rift and the Oculus Go offers a profound advantage compared to standard 2D-delivered training. As an example, our VR Brain Exploration project is creating a virtual brain patients traverse in an immersive virtual reality headset to improve understanding of brain mechanisms, confidence, and interest in learning more about the relationship of brain functioning. It offers:

– Understanding of brain mechanisms, especially reward-related circuitry and frontal lobe function.
– Interest in further expanding knowledge of brain anatomy, brain functioning, neurochemistry, and addiction.
– Recognition of the relationship between brain functioning to behaviors, especially addictive behaviors and mental illness.
– Confidence in the ability to understand brain functioning and correlate brain functioning with behavior and medical conditions.

The talk discusses the potential of VR for understanding complicated 3D structures. Immersive headset-based Virtual Reality can help patients understand the true mechanisms behind their suffering and that impact risks to their health. In VR they visualize the intended impact of treatment modalities and take control over outside parameters, such lifestyle choices, and exposures. Users can apply virtual success to real-world challenges, where they can further build confidence and patterns of success.

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