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Combining Virtual Reality and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI): Problems and Solutions

  • Lydia Beck
  • Marc Wolter
  • Nan Mungard
  • Torsten Kuhlen
  • Walter Sturm
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4799)

Abstract

Combining Virtual Reality (VR) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) offers great possibilities to researchers. Brain activation in VR can be studied and more realistic stimuli can be used in fMRI studies. Unfortunately, no standard solution exists for the combination of both methods. As part of an interdisciplinary project addressing the diagnostics and treatment of neglect, we created a neuroscientific VR-fMRI experiment. Our experiences are reported in this paper. The description of problems and our solution are intended as substantial facilitation and help for other researchers interested in creating VR-fMRI experiments.

Keywords

Virtual Reality fMRI New Research Methodologies Human–Computer Interaction 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lydia Beck
    • 1
  • Marc Wolter
    • 2
  • Nan Mungard
    • 1
  • Torsten Kuhlen
    • 2
  • Walter Sturm
    • 1
  1. 1.University Hospital, RWTH Aachen University 
  2. 2.Virtual Reality Group, RWTH Aachen University 

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