Virtual Reality in Mental Health and Neuroscience Research Center

Head of the department
Mgr. et Mgr. Iveta Fajnerová, Ph.D.
Contact
Taťána Poláčková (coordinator)
e-mail:tatana.polackova@nudz.cz


Profile

The main aim of the Centre is to apply virtual reality (VR) technology in complex mental health care, education and research in psychiatry and neuroscience. The main mission of the Centre is mental health care and the related development and testing of innovative VR methods that could be applied in the diagnosis and therapy of neuropsychiatric diseases (especially anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, etc.) and the rehabilitation of cognitive deficits (especially in neurodegenerative diseases and schizophrenia). Other activities of the Centre include education in the field of mental health and mental illness using VR methods, which includes not only education of health professionals (psychologists and psychiatrists) in cooperation with the 3rd Faculty of Medicine at Charles University, but also education of the professional and general public.

The research activities of the Centre are focused on the use of VR technology in basic and applied neuroscience and psychological research, especially in the field of understanding cognitive processes (spatial orientation, memory) and related brain activity or manifestations of mental illness. Given our interdisciplinary focus, our team is composed of psychologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists and, of course, VR developers and programmers. The Centre's team cooperates closely with other research organisations and universities in the Czech Republic and abroad, as well as with the private sector.

The VR Centre consists of sections corresponding to different types of activities, i.e. clinical section (VR clinic), teaching section (VR classroom) and research section (VR laboratory).

 


 


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