John Libbey Eurotext

Revue de neuropsychologie


The contribution of virtual reality to cognitive intervention for individuals with neurodegenerative disease or at risk Volume 14, issue 2, Avril-Mai-Juin 2022


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1 Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, Canada
2 Département de psychologie, Université du Québec, 3351, bd des Forges, Trois-Rivières, G8Z 4M3 Québec, Canada
* Correspondance : B. Boller

Using virtual reality, it is now possible to create simulated environments that closely mimic everyday life. It thus allows us to assess and train cognitive abilities by adopting an ecological perspective. Studies in patients with neurodegenerative diseases or at risk generally show improved cognitive performance following virtual reality-based cognitive intervention. The sense of presence and the feeling of immersion are likely to modulate training effects. A major challenge lies in the difficulty of translating training effects into functional benefits in daily life. Virtual reality could be used to promote and measure transfer effects in close to daily life cognitive ability. Perspectives for future development, including the contribution of neuroimaging tools to virtual reality-based cognitive intervention, will be presented.