The Department of Neurology and Psychiatry will host Grand Rounds for both divisions from 8-9 a.m. Thursday, March 31, in Schwitalla Hall, Lecture Hall 1.
Entry to the Medical School is only through the Learning Resource Center (LRC), 3544 Caroline Mall, 63104.
Naomi Josman, Ph.D., will present "Applying Virtual Reality to Promote Health and Rehabilitation."
Josman is associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, faculty of social welfare and health sciences at the University of Haifa, Israel.
She also is visiting professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the Washington University School of Medicine.
Virtual Reality (VR) constitutes an array of advanced, computer-based technological platforms with multimedia peripherals, designed to create a simulated or virtual environment that users perceive as comparable to real-world objects and events (Weiss et al., 1998).
VR technology enables a user interaction with such a computer-simulated environment, typically delivered by computer display or stereoscopic goggles, and sometimes via tactile or other sensory feedback, such as taste and smell. VR environments and interventions have been developed in a range of areas of medicine: surgery, rehabilitation medicine, and behavioral medicine.
Josman's group focuses on the use of VR for enhancing motor and cognitive rehabilitation.
Josman will present research findings on the use of VR in evaluating people with neurological deficits, as well as the impact of employing VR as a performance-based environment for training people in everyday activities.