Using Virtual Reality as a Tool in the Rehabilitation of Movement Abnormalities in Schizophrenia.

Pavlidou, Anastasia; Walther, Sebastian (2021). Using Virtual Reality as a Tool in the Rehabilitation of Movement Abnormalities in Schizophrenia. Frontiers in psychology, 11(607312), p. 607312. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.607312

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Movement abnormalities are prevalent across all stages of schizophrenia contributing to poor social functioning and reduced quality of life. To date, treatments are scarce, often involving pharmacological agents, but none have been shown to improve movement abnormalities effectively. Virtual reality (VR) is a tool used to simulate virtual environments where behavioral performance can be quantified safely across different tasks while exerting control over stimulus delivery, feedback and measurement in real time. Sensory information is transmitted via a head mounted display allowing users to directly interact with virtual objects and bodies using gestures and body movements in the real world to perform different actions, permitting a sense of immersion in the simulated virtual environment. Although, VR has been widely used for successful motor rehabilitation in a variety of different neurological domains, none have been exploited for motor rehabilitation in schizophrenia. The objectives of this article are to review movement abnormalities specific to schizophrenia, and how VR can be utilized to restore and improve motor functioning in patients with schizophrenia. Constructing VR-mediated motor-cognitive interventions that can help in retaining and transferring the learned outcomes to real life are also discussed.

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Journal Article (Review Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Translational Research Center

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Pavlidou, Anastasia, Walther, Sebastian


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Frontiers Research Foundation




Sebastian Walther

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08 Feb 2021 16:33

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05 Dec 2022 15:46

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communication gestures movement abnormalities schizophrenia virtual reality




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