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Washington: A new study has revealed that playing games in virtual reality (VR) could be used in treating people with neurological disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease.

According to the study, published in the Journal of Scientific Reports, the technology could help individuals with these neurological conditions shift their perceptions of time that their conditions cause them to perceive differently.

“The ability to estimate the passage of time with precision is fundamental to our ability to interact with the world,” commented co-author Séamas Weech, a post-doctoral fellow in Kinesiology. “For some individuals, however, the internal clock is maladjusted, causing timing deficiencies that affect perception and action.

“Studies like ours help us to understand how these deficiencies might be acquired and how to recalibrate time perception in the brain,” said Weech. The study involved 18 females and 13 males with normal vision and no sensory, musculoskeletal or neurological disorders.

The researchers used a virtual reality game, Robo Recall, to create a natural setting in which to encourage re-calibration of time perception. The key manipulation of the study was that the researchers coupled the speed and duration of visual events to the participant’s body movements.

The researchers measured participants’ time perception …read more