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Martina Maier

Social integration of stroke patients through the multiplayer Rehabilitation Gaming System

Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability in adults (Go et al, 2013). The impact of stroke induced impairments goes beyond the mere loss of motor abilities. The psychosocial implications caused by changes in performance of the activities of daily living have to be considered in modern rehabilitation processes since they do influence the potential outcome. From the perspective of traditional rehabilitation it is difficult to directly address these social factors. Here we propose to capitalize on a rising trend in rehabilitation to deploy virtual reality environments in order to overcome this limitation. By creating a multiplayer game that enhances performance of the patient through an adaptive mapping methodology, we compensate for motor impairments and allow the patient to interact with other participants on an equal level. We propose that this approach influences psychosocial dynamics as it changes the participant’s mutual perception. We conducted a psychosocial study to gain insight into the patients’ social environment and tested the system in two at home experiments. The results suggest that our system is able to equalize a healthy and dis-abled player and benefits the social interaction.

Short CV

Martina Maier is a research assistant at the SPECS laboratory of the technology department at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. She obtained her degree in Business Communication from the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Zurich HWZ in 2008. During and after her studies she continued working in the private sector in various positions related to web marketing and online advertisement.
In 2013 Martina obtained her master’s degree in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Her thesis was entitled “Social Gaming for Stroke Rehabilitation”. After having finished her studies, Martina joined the SPECS group and continued her scientific work in the team responsible for the Rehabilitation Gaming System (RGS), a ICT Virtual Reality tool for the rehabilitation of motor deficits of the upper extremities after a brain lesion due to stroke.

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LABORATORY OF SYNTHETIC PERCEPTIVE, EMOTIVE AND COGNITIVE SYSTEMS - SPECS
UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA
COMMUNICATION-POBLENOU CAMPUS (LA NAU building)
Roc Boronat, 138, 08018 Barcelona
martina.maier[at]upf.edu
http://specs.upf.edu/home
Fon: +34 722 257 096
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