Designing VR Experiences for and with People Living with Dementia

2020 Educators in VR International Summit


2020 Educators in VR International Summit brings together educators, learners, researchers, and experts in VR, AR, and XR to share their their passion for integrating immersive technology in education.

Track: Medical and Science

Designing VR Experiences for and with People Living with Dementia

James Hodge, PhD Student, Open Lab, Newcastle University

A big focus in dementia and technology research has been to tackle the cognitive deficits that often accompany the condition. Virtual reality has been used in the assessment and rehabilitation of cognitive processes in dementia since the 1990s, and more recently it's been used to deliver exergames. James Hodge discusses these and the potential for VR as an expressive and creative medium to allow people with dementia to experience new, exciting, stimulating and potentially therapeutic environments, entirely separate from the stress of cognitive assessment.

PhD student at Open Lab, Newcastle University, James Hodge's research focuses on creating positive experiences using Virtual Reality with people living with dementia, exploring the importance of using personal and non-personal designed VR environments which orients towards the present and makes use of a full spectrum of interactivity.

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