To address this gap, we here propose a multidimensional evaluation framework for VR applica- tions in clinical neuropsychology, summarized as an easy-to-use checklist (VR-Check). This frame- work rests on ten main evaluation dimensions encompassing cognitive domain specificity, ecological relevance, technical feasibility, user feasibility, user motivation, task adaptability, performance quan- tification, immersive capacities, training feasibility, and predictable pitfalls. We show how VR-Check enables systematic and comparative paradigm optimization by illustrating its application in an exem- plary research project on the assessment of spatial cognition and executive functions with immersive VR. This application furthermore demonstrates how the framework allows researchers to identify across-domain tradeoffs, makes deliberate design decisions explicit, and optimizes the allocation of study resources. Complementing recent approaches to standardize clinical VR studies, the VR-Check framework enables systematic and project-specific paradigm optimization for behavioral and cogni- tive research in neuropsychology.
|JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH
|Early online date
|27 Apr 2020
|Published - 2020