Virtual reality-based cognitive training in older adults with mild cognitive impairment

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Department
Psychiatry
Group Leader Email Number Webpage
Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs alex.bahar@unimelb.edu.au 0383872480 Personal web page
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Mr Ken Clarke clak@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page

Project Details

Cognitive training (CT) is a structured approach to the enhancement or preservation of cognitive functions which has shown some promise in older adults at risk of dementia. A common limitation and frequent criticism of CT focuses on issues of ecological validity and limited transfer of training gains to everyday cognition. Virtual reality (VR) technology offer ways to overcome some of the traditional limitations of CT, and there is a great interest in the development of novel, ecologically-relevant cognitive training paradigms within VR settings.

In the proposed project, the successful candidate will work closely within a team of investigators at the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age (AUPOA), the Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI), and the Melbourne eResearch Group (MEG) to develop the parameters and coordinate the design of several cognitive training tasks that can be applied across a number of ecologically-relevant VR environments. The candidate will be responsible for validation of the tasks and their pilot evaluation on a sample of cognitively healthy and impaired older adults and conduct a small trial to assess the feasibility of this intervention approach in the target population(s).


School Research Themes

Ageing



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

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Department

Psychiatry


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