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After injury, virtual reality tests real-world skills

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A new virtual reality test shows promise in predicting if a cognitive impairment will keep a person from functioning in the real world.

The test uses a computer-game-like virtual world and asks volunteers to navigate their ways through tasks such as delivering packages or running errands around town.

“If we’re being asked to tell if people could do things like work, houseclean, and take care of their kids, we need to show that our tests predict performance in the real world,” says Konstantine Zakzanis, associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto.

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