• Mads Peter Ankjær
4. term, Master of ICT and Learning (MIL) (Continuing education) (Continuing Education Programme (Master))
This thesis aims to identify the potentials of using 360° photos of physical locations visually mediated through standalone Virtual Reality headsets in the rehabilitation of people with an acquired brain injury. Having an acquired brain injury can lead to changes in cognition, personality, mental health and social relationships besides changes in physical functionality. Strengthening the narrative (re)construction of self through shared reminiscence contributes to positive improvement of implications in these areas.
From a neuropedagogical field of practice arose the idea of combining new, accessible and affordable technology with memories through a Design-Based Research approach.
In doing so it also proposes a set of guidelines moving forward into a framework of reminiscence work using these technologies. To provide continuous data on the potentials of 360° photos/Virtual Reality, an applicable method of practice is needed going into future iterations.
The thesis is built on findings and recommendations of previous research within Virtual Reality and virtual environments. It is supported by theories of the brain, brain injury, memory, self-narratives and reminiscence.
The research participants displayed a fluent account of narratives during their experience in the virtual setting. Analysis of data shows an increase in cognitive as well as physical engagement levels. The immersive nature of 360° photos presented this way allows participants to connect with more than just a specific location, opening up surrounding objects, buildings and landmarks.
The participants described the experience as being more vivid, and the results indicate the sense of presence being the key to the enhanced walk down memory lane.
Publication date4 Jun 2019
Number of pages51
ID: 305098089