Triggering and measuring social inhibitory response in humans immersed in interactions with virtual humans

Ahamba, G, Roberts, DJ ORCID: and Eachus, P ORCID: 2017, 'Triggering and measuring social inhibitory response in humans immersed in interactions with virtual humans' , Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine, 15 , pp. 185-188.

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The aim of the proposed study is to determine if a virtual human can evoke a measurable inhibitory response to anti-social stimuli within the prefrontal cortex. Justification, protocol and demonstrator are described here. The work follows a previous study demonstrating that neural inhibitory responses can be measured within an immersive virtual reality display. We have adopted the approach of combining functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) and virtual reality head-mounted display. Haemodynamic changes will be measured in healthy participants and subsequently, subjects with mental deficits, as both engage in interactions that seek to evoke a response that would normally be inhibited. Disinhibition is an aspect of social response exaggerated by several deficits of mind, including dementia, autism and Tourette’s syndrome. This research could improve tools for understanding, diagnosis and treatment of such condition.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine
Publisher: Interactive Media Institute
ISSN: 1554-8716
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Depositing User: Prof David J Roberts
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2018 14:06
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 23:22

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