2023 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

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Mentor: Allan Reiss (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences - Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences)

“Exploring Virtual Reality as an Enriching Environment to Foster Brain Plasticity and Physical Fitness Employing Novel Portable Neuroimaging Techniques”

As virtual reality (VR) applications grow and sedentary behavior and reports of cognitive impairments increase, evidence-based practices promoting both brain and cognitive health are needed. Eli’s research aims to understand the impact of VR on brain and cardiovascular health. The VR conditions will be driven by algorithms that continuously adapt the difficulty level based on individual performance and, therefore, are personalized for the developmental level of each person’s capabilities. Participants’ physical health and brain activity will be measured before and after VR using a heart rate monitor and non-invasive brain monitoring techniques.