Beyond Cognitive Rehabilitation: Immersive but Noninvasive Treatment for Elderly

  • Elisa PedroliEmail author
  • Pietro Cipresso
  • Silvia Serino
  • Michelle Toti
  • Karine Goulen
  • Mauro Grigioni
  • Marco Stramba-Badiale
  • Andrea Gaggioli
  • Giuseppe Riva
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 288)


With the rapid increase of the aging population in Italy, the number of subjects with cognitive deficits also increases. Two of the most damaged cognitive domains since the first phase of decline are Executive Functions and Spatial Memory. The general aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of a novel VR-based mixed training protocol for improving executive functions and spatial memory in patients with cognitive decline. To achieve this objective, the neuropsychological performance of two groups of a subjects with cognitive decline were compared before and at the end of the training period. One group underwent a classic rehabilitation protocol, the other underwent the new VR-based protocol. The results showed an improve in executive functioning in the VR group after the training period.


Cognitive decline Rehabilitation Virtual reality CAVE Executive functions Spatial memory 



This work is supported by the Italian funded project “High-end and Low-End Virtual Reality Systems for the Rehabilitation of Frailty in the Elderly” (PE-2013-02355948).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisa Pedroli
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pietro Cipresso
    • 1
    • 2
  • Silvia Serino
    • 3
  • Michelle Toti
    • 1
  • Karine Goulen
    • 4
  • Mauro Grigioni
    • 5
  • Marco Stramba-Badiale
    • 4
  • Andrea Gaggioli
    • 1
    • 2
  • Giuseppe Riva
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology LabIRCCS Istituto Auxologico ItalianoMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanItaly
  3. 3.MySpace Lab, Department of Clinical NeurosciencesUniversity Hospital Lausanne (CHUV)LausanneSwitzerland
  4. 4.Department of Geriatrics and Cardiovascular MedicineIRCCS Istituto Auxologico ItalianoMilanItaly
  5. 5.National Center of Innovative Technologies in Public HealthIstituto Superiore di SanitàRomeItaly

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