Virtual Reality Cognitive Performance Assessment Test (VRCPAT)
Project Leader: Thomas Parsons
ICT has developed an adaptive virtual environment for assessment and rehabilitation of neurocognitive and affective functioning. This project brings together a team of researchers to incorporate cutting-edge neuropsychological and psychological assessment into state of the art interactive/adaptive virtual Iraqi/Afghani scenarios (City, Checkpoint, HMMWV).
The Army’s Needs: An Adaptive VRCPAT based upon individual Soldier differences can be used to greatly enhance assessment and training.
- Assess Soldier’s performance within VRCPAT allow one to establish a baseline that is reflective of individual differences.
- Neurocognitive and psychophysiological profile data may be used for real-time adaptation of the VRCPAT.
- Evolution of these profiles developed for use in VRCPAT could lead to direct training of military operations in the real world.
How ICT Met Those Needs: Findings from our research have provided the military with the following.
- A Neurocognitive and psychophysiological interface modeled off of trainees interacting in a virtual environment that mimics Iraqi and Afghan environments, for modeling a trainee’s adaptive responses to environmental situations.
- A system for military trainers to develop more reliable and valid measures of training performance.
- Civilian dual-use capability in conditions involving psychophysiological correlates to neurocognitive function and emotion regulation in persons immersed within a virtual environment.
ICT is extending the VRCPAT findings by examining performance not simply by a suer, but teams of Soldiers.
Facts and Figures
- VRCPAT is being used to run subjects at Tripler Army Medical Center, Ft. Lewis, Madigan Army Medical Center, West Point, USC and UCSD.
- VRCPAT has been used in studies with over 400 subjects, including both Soldiers and civilians.
- Kaleb McDowell, PhD (U.S. Army Research Laboratory)
- Kelvin Oie, PhD (U.S. Army Research Laboratory)
- Scott Kerick, PhD (U.S. Army Research Laboratory)
- Greg Reger (Madigan Army Medical Center)
- Mike Dawson, PhD (USC Psychology)
- Shri Narayanan, PhD (USC Viterbi)
- Kirby Gilliland, PhD (C-SHOP; ANAM)
- Robert Schlegel, PhD (C-SHOP; ANAM)