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Virtual Reality and Rehabilitation Wendy Powell & Vaughan Powell School of Creative Technologies. Intrinsic factors in Virtual Reality which facilitate healthy movement. The use of VR to improve shoulder range of motion.

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    1. Virtual Reality and RehabilitationWendy Powell & Vaughan PowellSchool of Creative Technologies

    2. Intrinsic factors in Virtual Reality which facilitate healthy movement

    3. The use of VR to improve shoulder range of motion

    4. Manipulation of visual flow and audio cue tempo to improve walking speed

    5. Other health-related research • Novel approaches to head tracking in VR for patients with neck and shoulder pain • Designing interactive VR for patients with spinal injuries • VR and computer games to promote and facilitate exercise

    6. Relevant Publications • Powell, W., Stevens, B., Hand, S., & Simmonds, M. (2011). Blurring the Boundaries: The Perception of Visual Gain in Treadmill-Mediated Virtual Environments Proceedings of the Workshop on Perceptual Illusion in Virtual Environments (IEEEVR), Singapore • Powell, W. A., Stevens, B., Hand, S., & Simmonds, M. J. (2010). Sounding Better: Fast Audio Cues Increase Walk Speed in Treadmill-Mediated Virtual Rehabilitation Environments. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 154, 202-207. • Powell, V., Stevens, B., Hand, S., & Simmonds, M. (2010). Visual properties of an object affect time to target in VR reaching tasks. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 154, 180-184. • Powell, V and Powell, W (2010), A novel approach to camera tracking in a VR reaching task for patients with shoulder and neck pain . To be presented at CyberTherapy 2010, Seoul, Korea. • Powell, W., Stevens, B., & Simmonds, M. (2009). Treadmill Interface for Virtual Reality vs. Overground Walking: A Comparison of Gait in Individuals with and without Pain. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 144, 198-203. • Powell, W. (2008, April 5-10). Virtually Walking? Developing Exertion Interfaces for Locomotor Rehabilitation. Paper presented at CHI, Florence, Italy. • Powell, W., & Simmonds, M. (2008). Virtual reality: A healthy perspective (Editorial). International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 15(11), 480-481. • Powell, W., Stevens, B., Hand, S., & Simmonds, M. J. (2007). Software Gearing in a Virtual Environment: The Effect on Perception of Optic Flow. Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine, 5, 99-106. • Powell, W., Hand, S., Stevens, B., & Simmonds, M. J. (2006). Optic Flow with a Stereoscopic Display: Sustained Influence on Speed of Locomotion. Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine, 4, 65-70.