Does virtually reliving youth improve old people’s health?
Slater says that the project will consist of "providing older people with experiences of their youth using virtual reality". "For example, they will be placed in a virtual replica of an apartment decorated in the style of the 1960s, and the television will show programs and advertisements from that era", he notes. This, known as reminiscence therapy, has been shown to have positive benefits for older people. "We want to validate it with more immersive quality thanks to virtual reality," he adds.
The aim is to study "the effectiveness of these techniques in improving the physical and cognitive functioning of older people"
The aim is to study "the effectiveness of these techniques in improving the physical and cognitive functioning of older people". "If the validity of reminiscence therapies is shown, we will be able to implement their application in civic centres and other similar community organisations", Slater concludes.
The project also involves the UB researchers David Bartrés-Faz and Maria Mataró Serrat, members of the Faculty of Psychology and UBneuro. The Proof of Concept grant aims to help researchers explore the commercial and social potential of the results of their research projects, which can be translated into patents or business opportunities.