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Degree

Master of Science

Program

Neuroscience

Supervisor

Dr. Mandar Jog

Abstract

Physical rehabilitation programs are often prescribed in an effort to maintain range of motion, and to adapt strategies for managing the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson disease (PD) in everyday life. An emerging trend to overcome the limitations of traditional rehabilitation is the use of virtual reality technologies. IThe goal of the present study was to determine the feasibility of augmented reality technology (IAR) in a rehabilitative setting. Three IAR environments were designed and a corresponding task was completed in each one. Not surprisingly, the control group generally performed better than the PD group on the tasks. All participants typically performed better in the real-world than the IAR environment. Additionally both the PD and control groups’ performances improved with repeated visits. The system was well-tolerated and important lessons are highlighted about future implementation of this rehabilitation approach (e.g., the need for a familiarization period to the system).


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