VR Used to Help Simulate Brain Effects of Long-term Driving

Brain activity during long term driving fatigue simulated with Semi-immersive virtual reality technology was measured with functional near-infrared spectroscopy. The researchers, based in China, found that progressive mental fatigue had an adverse effect on cognitive function in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), and the interaction between the PFC and the motor cortex. Why it’s relevant: shows how VR can be useful in recreating environments for brain physiology research.

Xu L, Wang B, Xu G, Wang W, Liu Z, Li Z. Functional connectivity analysis using fNIRS in healthy subjects during prolonged simulated driving. Neurosci Lett. 2017 Jan 10;640:21-28. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2017.01.018.