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Chronic Stroke: A Digital Therapy with Addictive Gameplay

Every year around 270,000 people in Germany suffer a stroke.In neurological therapy, “health games” are becoming increasingly popular. These are digital games that bring fun while making the patient train their deficits at the same time.A team led by Professor Dr.Ulf Ziemann at the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research and the University Hospital Tübingen is now starting a research project called “Rehality”.Their plan is to develop a highly immersive virtual reality (VR) in which stroke patients perceive how their chronically paralyzed body part moves. The project’s highlight: the virtual movements are shown depending on the brain activity—the patients need to mentally imagine the movement in order to see them in VR glasses. This is intended to stimulate the brain to restructure and to store new and more efficient activity patterns in the long term.

Read the complete press release (in German only) 

 

Image: Clinic of Neurology Tübingen / VTplus GmbH