Cognition meets assistive technology

Insights from load theory of selective attention

Neha Khetrapal*

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    This chapter deals with the issue of treating disorders with the help of virtual reality (VR) technology. To this end, it highlights the concept of transdiagnostic processes (like cognitive biases and perceptual processes) that need to be targeted for intervention and are at the risk of becoming atypical across disorders. There have been previous theoretical attempts to explain such common processes, but such theoretical exercises have not been conducted with a rehabilitative focus. Therefore, this chapter urges greater cooperation between researchers and therapists and stresses the intimate links between cognitive and emotional functioning that should be targeted for intervention. This chapter concludes by providing future directions for helping VR to become a popular tool and highlights issues in three different areas: (a) clinical, (b) social and (c) technological. Coordinated research efforts orchestrated in these directions will be beneficial for an understanding of cognitive architecture and rehabilitation alike.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Human Cognition and Assistive Technology: Design, Accessibility and Transdisciplinary Perspectives
    PublisherIGI Global
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)9781615208173
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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