Braincheckers: Handheld computerized neuropsychological assessment in a virtual reality treatment protocol for combat PTSD
Reeves, D., Elsmore, T., Wiederhold, M., Wood, D., Murphy, J., Center, C., Spira, J. L., & Wiederhold, B. (2007). Braincheckers: Handheld computerized neuropsychological assessment in a virtual reality treatment protocol for combat PTSD. Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine, 5, 151-156. http://www.scribd.com/doc/11494257/Annual-Review-of-CyberTherapy-and-Telemedicine-Volume-5-Summer-2007
In this paper we introduce a new handheld computerized neuropsychological assessment system, i.e., BrainCheckers. This test system includes the Mental Efficiency and Workload Test (MEWT) designed for Primary Care and Pharmaceutical research, a Concussion Toolbox, and our Combat Stress Assessment (CSA). Focus will be on the CSA. It has been designed for assessment of injuries such as concussion due to blast exposure and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is presently being implemented as a key assessment instrument by the Virtual Reality Medical Center, San Diego, CA in a Virtual Reality (VR) treatment program for veterans from Iraq who have been diagnosed with PTSD.