Evaluation of a virtual reality prospective memory task for use with individuals with severe traumatic brain injury

Canty, Allana L., Fleming, Jennifer, Patterson, Freyr, Green, Heather J., Man, David and Shum, David H. K. (2014) Evaluation of a virtual reality prospective memory task for use with individuals with severe traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 24 2: 238-265. doi:10.1080/09602011.2014.881746


Author Canty, Allana L.
Fleming, Jennifer
Patterson, Freyr
Green, Heather J.
Man, David
Shum, David H. K.
Title Evaluation of a virtual reality prospective memory task for use with individuals with severe traumatic brain injury
Journal name Neuropsychological Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0960-2011
1464-0694
Publication date 2014-03-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09602011.2014.881746
Open Access Status
Volume 24
Issue 2
Start page 238
End page 265
Total pages 28
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract The current study aimed to evaluate the sensitivity, convergent validity and ecological validity of a newly developed virtual reality prospective memory (PM) task (i.e., the Virtual Reality Shopping Task; VRST) for use with individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Thirty individuals with severe TBI and 24 uninjured adults matched on age, gender and education level were administered the VRST, a lexical decision PM task (LDPMT), an index of task-friendliness and a cognitive assessment battery. Significant others rated disruptions in the TBI participants' occupational activities, interpersonal relationships and independent living skills. The performance of the TBI group was significantly poorer than that of controls on event-based PM as measured by the LDPMT, and on time- and event-based PM as measured by the VRST. Performance on the VRST significantly predicted significant others' ratings of patients' occupational activities and independent living skills. The VRST was rated as significantly more reflective of an everyday activity, interesting and was afforded a higher recommendation than the LDPMT. For the TBI group, event and total PM performance on the VRST significantly correlated with performance on measures of mental flexibility and verbal fluency, and total PM performance correlated with verbal memory. These results provide preliminary but promising evidence of the sensitivity, as well as the convergent and ecological validity of the VRST.
Keyword Assessment
Brain injury
Ecological validity
Prospective memory
Virtual reality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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