Virtual Reality Technologies for Health and Clinical Applications

Virtual Reality for Physical and Motor Rehabilitation

Editors: Weiss, Patrice L. Tamar, Keshner, Emily A., Levin, Mindy F. (Eds.)

  • First comprehensive volume about VR applications for physical and motor rehabilitation
  • Discusses VR applications for specific physical and motor disabilities such as stroke, TBI, Parkinson's, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis
  • Identifies impact of VR on perceptual and motor processes
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About this book

While virtual reality (VR) has influenced fields as varied as gaming, archaeology and the visual arts, some of its most promising applications come from the health sector. Particularly encouraging are the many uses of VR in supporting the recovery of motor skills following accident or illness.

Virtual Reality for Physical and Motor Rehabilitation reviews two decades of progress and anticipates advances to come. It offers current research on the capacity of VR to evaluate, address, and reduce motor skill limitations and the use of VR to support motor and sensorimotor function, from the most basic to the most sophisticated skill levels. Expert scientists and clinicians explain how the brain organizes motor behavior, relate therapeutic objectives to client goals and differentiate among VR platforms in engaging the production of movement and balance. On the practical side, contributors demonstrate that VR complements existing therapies across various conditions such as neurodegenerative diseases, traumatic brain injury and stroke. Included among the topics:

  • Neuroplasticity and virtual reality.
  • Vision and perception in virtual reality.
  • Sensorimotor recalibration in virtual environments.
  • Rehabilitative applications using VR for residual impairments following stroke.
  • VR reveals mechanisms of balance and locomotor impairments.
  • Applications of VR technologies for childhood disabilities.

A resource of great immediate and future utility, Virtual Reality for Physical and Motor Rehabilitation distills a dynamic field to aid the work of neuropsychologists, rehabilitation specialists (including physical, speech, vocational and occupational therapists), and neurologists.

About the authors

Patrice L. (Tamar) Weiss, Ph.D., is an occupational therapist with a M.Sc. degree in kinesiology and a Ph.D. degree in physiology and biomedical engineering. In 2001, she founded the Laboratory for Innovations in Rehabilitation Technology (LIRT) at the University of Haifa where she and her team develop and evaluate novel virtual environments, haptic interfaces and co-located technologies to explore the effect of individual and collaborative rehabilitation. Dr. Weiss’ responsibilities include supervision of all aspects related to technology development and implementation. She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles.

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From the book reviews:

“This comprehensive book adds virtual reality to the toolkit of technologies that support patients’ motor recovery and rehabilitation after a neurological or orthopedic injury. … The audience includes not only students, but also experienced physical and occupational therapists, rehabilitation neuroscientists, neurologists, and physical medicine rehabilitation physicians. … This is a well-conceived and well-organized book. It is a must for those involved in technology-enhanced recovery or rehabilitation work with patients.” (Deborah J. Gaebler-Spira, Doody’s Book Reviews, January, 2015)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Volume Introduction and Overview

    Weiss, Patrice L. (Tamar) (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • Neuroplasticity and Virtual Reality

    Cheung, Katharine L. (et al.)

    Pages 5-24

  • Motor Learning and Virtual Reality

    Levac, Danielle E. (et al.)

    Pages 25-46

  • Vision, Perception, and Object Manipulation in Virtual Environments

    Kenyon, Robert V. (et al.)

    Pages 47-70

  • Sensorimotor Recalibration in Virtual Environments

    Wright, W. Geoffrey (et al.)

    Pages 71-94

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Hardcover $129.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Virtual Reality for Physical and Motor Rehabilitation
Editors
  • Patrice L. Tamar Weiss
  • Emily A. Keshner
  • Mindy F. Levin
Series Title
Virtual Reality Technologies for Health and Clinical Applications
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-0968-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-0968-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-0967-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-5314-1
Series ISSN
2199-4684
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 232
Number of Illustrations and Tables
50 b/w illustrations
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