In this study, we examine whether rehabilitation of lost arm function is enhanced with the use of a prototype that uses a combination of a mixed-reality Virtual Reality (VR) system (for augmented visual scene presentation) and a brain-wave driven robotic exoskeleton (Brain Computer Interface, or BCI, for enhanced biofeedback and limb motion). This system uses a non-invasive form of BCI by reading brain wave signals through electroencephalography (EEG). EEG recordings will be used to allow the participant to interact with the VR system. To generate appropriate EEG activity, participants will be asked to attempt to perform specific mental activities (i.e. motor imagery), related to the desired motion or to observe the intended direction of the desired motion. If the specific EEG patterns associated with this activity can be detected by the software, a robotic exoskeleton will aid in moving the participant's arm to perform the desired motion.
This study is designed to help patients, who have upper limb paralysis due to stroke, create and strengthen new connections in the brain to help move their arm again.
Moderate degree of paralysis due to acute and subacute primary stroke
No arm spasticity (small amount might be eligible)
No visual impairments
No neurological disorders (eg. Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, etc.)
Must be able to independently transfer onto a stand alone chair (or have a caregiver who can assist)
This study has been approved by York University Research Ethics Board (e2019 - 284)
Health and Wellness
1 hour(s) - 2 hour(s) per session
Up to $100
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