The perceived orientation in people with and without Alzheimer's

D. Zen, A. Byagowi, M. Garcia, D. Kelly, B. Lithgow, Zahra Moussavi

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Accurate spatial perception is important for the successful performance of any motor task. Research suggests that this capability declines significantly in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Using a virtual reality navigational test, this study investigates the orientation ability. In particular, we hypothesize the ability to orient using egocentric information declines significantly with Alzheimer's even at early stages, whereas general orientation abilities maybe preserved through the use of allocentric orientation strategies in mild Alzheimer's patients. The study subjects were 11 cognitively healthy and 8 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's. The results are congruent with our hypothesis, and encourage further investigation in a larger population.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 6th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, NER 2013
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781467319690
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational IEEE Engineering-in-Medicine-and-Biology-Society (EMBS) Conference on Neural Engineering (NER) 2013 - San Diego CA USA, San Diego, United States of America
Duration: 6 Nov 20138 Nov 2013
Conference number: 6th


ConferenceInternational IEEE Engineering-in-Medicine-and-Biology-Society (EMBS) Conference on Neural Engineering (NER) 2013
Abbreviated titleNER 2013
CountryUnited States of America
CitySan Diego

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