Virtual School Environments for Neuropsychological Assessment and Training

  • Thomas D. ParsonsEmail author
  • Tyler Duffield
  • Timothy McMahan
  • Unai Diaz-Orueta
Part of the Educational Communications and Technology: Issues and Innovations book series (ECTII)


The virtual school environment has been developed and validated by the Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation (CNS) Laboratory of Dr. Thomas Parsons. The overarching goal of the virtual school project is to provide neuropsychological, affective, and social cognitive assessments that are more meaningful for the lives of children. These previously developed and validated virtual reality (VR) simulations of various contexts within the school environment (e.g., classroom, hallway, playground) can be combined and harnessed to gain ecologically valid assessments of children in real-world situations. The virtual school environment generates synthetic surroundings, including a virtual classroom, hallway, and playground via a 360-degree immersive experience. Furthermore, the computational design and administration of the virtual school environment platform allows for simultaneous recording of the child’s behavioral and physiological responses. Virtual environments can be used to offer traditional psychometric testing and can collect additional real-time data (e.g., head movements, limb movements that reflect distraction). As such, they have potential to provide greater diagnostic specificity and more useful targets for intervention.


Virtual reality Ecological validity Neurodevelopmental disorders Autism Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder Neuropsychological assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas D. Parsons
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tyler Duffield
    • 2
  • Timothy McMahan
    • 3
  • Unai Diaz-Orueta
    • 4
  1. 1.College of Information, University of North TexasComputational Neuropsychology and SimulationDentonUSA
  2. 2.Oregon Health & Science UniversityPortlandUSA
  3. 3.University of Texas at DallasRichardsonUSA
  4. 4.Maynooth UniversityMaynoothIreland

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