Virtual reality training and cognitive function in Parkinson’s disease

  • A study of 31 patients with Parkinson’s disease found that completing 24 sessions of virtual reality (VR) training over 2 months is associated with improvements in cognitive and emotional domains.
  • After completing the training, which involved computer-assisted rehabilitation, participants experienced improvements in executive function, anxiety, and depressive symptoms relative to baseline.
  • Noting that longer duration of VR training may be particularly beneficial for patients with mild cognitive impairment, the researchers conclude that their findings could pave the way for individualized treatment based on motor and cognitive profiles.