Episode 10A: Virtual Reality – Neuroplasticity and Potential Benefits in Disease l Dr. Mayank Mehta

In this episode of the UCLA BrainSPORT Podcast, Director of the UCLA Neuro-physics Center, Dr. Mayank Mehta, and Adel discuss the use of Virtual Reality.

In Part A, the pair first discuss how the brain perceives reality and how virtual reality works. They then focus on Dr. Mehta's research investigating the effects of virtual reality on the brain, and how it can be used in brain injury and psychological states, particularly Alzheimer's Disease.

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00:00 Individualized perception
04:56 Introducing Dr. Mehta
05:47 Defining virtual reality
11:14 Rules of neural physics
12:38 Brain regions for VR
15:43 Treating Alzheimer’s with VR
22:18 Building a VR for humans
26:24 Creating a rat model: an immersive VR
31:03 Shutdown of neurons in the Hippocampus
36:16 Human Application
43:10 Neural Plasticity in VR
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