Serious video games and virtual reality for prevention and neurorehabilitation of cognitive decline because of aging and neurodegeneration.

Sokolov, Arseny A.; Collignon, Amélie; Bieler-Aeschlimann, Mélanie (2020). Serious video games and virtual reality for prevention and neurorehabilitation of cognitive decline because of aging and neurodegeneration. Current opinion in neurology, 33(2), pp. 239-248. Wolters Kluwer Health 10.1097/WCO.0000000000000791

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW

Cognitive decline because of aging and neurodegeneration has become increasingly prevalent. This calls for the implementation of efficacious, motivating, standardized and widely available cognitive interventions for the elderly. In this context, serious video games and virtual reality may represent promising approaches. Here, we review recent research on their potential for cognitive prevention and neurorehabilitation of age-related cognitive decline and mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

RECENT FINDINGS

The majority of currently available data in this evolving domain lacks the methodological quality to draw reliable conclusions on the potential of novel technology for cognitive training in older people. However, single well designed randomized controlled trials have reported promising effects of cognitive interventions involving serious video games and virtual reality. The cognitive benefits of exergames promoting physical exercise with and without combined cognitive training remain unclear.

SUMMARY

The immersion into stimulating and motivating environments along with training content based on neuroscientific and neuropsychological models may represent a significant advance as compared with conventional computerized cognitive training. Additional research with sound methodology including sufficient sample sizes, active control groups and meaningful outcome measures of everyday function is needed to elucidate the potential of serious video games and virtual reality in multifactorial neurorehabilitation of cognitive decline in aging and neurodegeneration.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology

UniBE Contributor:

Sokolov, Arseny Alexandrovitsch

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1473-6551

Publisher:

Wolters Kluwer Health

Language:

English

Submitter:

Chantal Kottler

Date Deposited:

04 Jan 2021 10:10

Last Modified:

01 May 2021 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1097/WCO.0000000000000791

PubMed ID:

32073439

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/149459

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/149459

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