Neurological disorders such as stroke or traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or multiple sclerosis often lead to severe impairments for those affected. Treatment is needed to regain or retain functional independence. Or, if this is not possible, to compensate for any functional alterations.
Our basic research aims to advance our understanding of the interplay between brain functions, cognitions and behavior for disorders affecting the nervous system. Within our applied research, we develop and evaluate novel treatment options based on psychological and neuroscientific evidence.
Specifically, we designed, implemented and evaluated innovative treatment options for gait disorders following neurological disorders using virtual reality. Furthermore, we implemented and tested brain-computer interfaces as communication aids for persons with severe paralysis. These technological approaches are currently in the proof-of-concept phase. Research in this area constitutes an important endeavor so that these methods will soon be readily available as assistive technology in end-users’ homes (BCIs) or treatment options in acute and secondary care.
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