VR could trick stroke victims to aid recovery

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We have seen how virtual reality can be used for allowing collaborative design and controlling robots remotely. Now, researchers believe that VR may be able to help stroke victims regain lost motor function. Research conducted by University of Barcelona professor Mel Slater and Stanford professor Jeremy Bailenson has demonstrated that virtual experiences can lead to changes in perceptions of oneself and others. For example, having an avatar of a child in a virtual reality environment can encourage people to exhibit more childlike behaviour in the ‘real world’. Inspired by this work, researchers at the University of Southern California are now examining how virtual reality could promote brain plasticity and recovery.

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