Establishing Design Requirements for a Virtual Therapy Aid for Executive Dysfunction

Zack Lyons, Ohr Barak, Praminda Caleb-Solly, Nigel Harris, Brian O'Neill, Sara da Silva Ramos, Leon Watts

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Abstract

The rehabilitation of executive functions is seen as a key factor for successful reintegration into the community following an acquired brain injury. Seemingly basic everyday tasks require the complex coordination of many cognitive abilities, any of which can be negatively impacted by the brain injury. Specifically it may inhibit a person's ability to deal with temptations, frustrations and distractions. We have found existing therapeutic interventions to be effective in the treatment of executive dysfunction, but lacking in flexibility, and therefore generalisation to real world scenarios. These options also offer limited opportunity for stimulating reflection. Our work is intended to generate a framework for supporting reflection in social simulations, such that they may be incorporated into the therapeutic practices of clinicians who are concerned with executive functioning.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventThe 2015 International Conference on Brain Informatics and Health - London, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Aug 20152 Sep 2015

Conference

ConferenceThe 2015 International Conference on Brain Informatics and Health
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityLondon
Period30/08/152/09/15

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Keywords

  • rehabilitation
  • virtual therapy
  • acquired brain injury
  • interaction design
  • virtual agent

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Lyons, Z., Barak, O., Caleb-Solly, P., Harris, N., O'Neill, B., da Silva Ramos, S., & Watts, L. (2015). Establishing Design Requirements for a Virtual Therapy Aid for Executive Dysfunction. Paper presented at The 2015 International Conference on Brain Informatics and Health, London, UK United Kingdom.