Researchers receive grant to develop VR assessment system for TBI

Researchers at the University of Arizona recently received a $1.5 million grant to develop a virtual reality (VR) system to assess traumatic brain injury (TBI) for military purposes. 

The project, titled "Model Development and Translation of a Virtual Reality Military Operational Neuropsychological Assessment," will use deep-learning neural networks to identify neuropsychological deficits during a relatively brief interactive VR combat-related "game."

During this "game," participants will use a VR headset and hand sensor system to engage in an immersive set of scenarios relevant to the military. The VR system will allow simultaneous assessment of a variety of neurocognitive domains in real-time while the subject interacts with the system's posed problem scenarios.

This includes engaging in combat-relevant activities involving friend-or-foe discrimination, visual and auditory perception, situational awareness, decision-making, and communication. Data will be extracted and analyzed using machine-learning algorithms. 

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