Improving vision-based motor rehabilitation interactive systems for users with disabilities using mirror feedback

ScientificWorldJournal. 2014;2014:964576. doi: 10.1155/2014/964576. Epub 2014 Sep 11.

Abstract

Observation is recommended in motor rehabilitation. For this reason, the aim of this study was to experimentally test the feasibility and benefit of including mirror feedback in vision-based rehabilitation systems: we projected the user on the screen. We conducted a user study by using a previously evaluated system that improved the balance and postural control of adults with cerebral palsy. We used a within-subjects design with the two defined feedback conditions (mirror and no-mirror) with two different groups of users (8 with disabilities and 32 without disabilities) using usability measures (time-to-start (T(s)) and time-to-complete (T(c))). A two-tailed paired samples t-test confirmed that in case of disabilities the mirror feedback facilitated the interaction in vision-based systems for rehabilitation. The measured times were significantly worse in the absence of the user's own visual feedback (T(s) = 7.09 (P < 0.001) and T(c) = 4.48 (P < 0.005)). In vision-based interaction systems, the input device is the user's own body; therefore, it makes sense that feedback should be related to the body of the user. In case of disabilities the mirror feedback mechanisms facilitated the interaction in vision-based systems for rehabilitation. Results recommends developers and researchers use this improvement in vision-based motor rehabilitation interactive systems.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation / methods
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cerebral Palsy / rehabilitation*
  • Disabled Persons / rehabilitation*
  • Feedback, Sensory*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychomotor Performance*
  • User-Computer Interface*
  • Video Games*
  • Young Adult