Veterans utilize Virtual Reality and A.I. to detect previous head injuries

Military veterans are using virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology to detect and understand the impact of previous head injuries.

In a groundbreaking initiative, military veterans are leveraging virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (A.I.) technologies to detect and understand the impact of previous head injuries. This project, part of the Veterans’ Suicide Prevention Project, aims to identify predictors of mental health issues and suicide ideation among veterans.

Over 100 veterans participated in electronic surveys conducted by Arkansas State University’s Masters of Athletic Training Program. The surveys, hosted at the Beck Center for Veterans over a two-day period, collected crucial data to help researchers understand and address the challenges faced by veterans.

Dr. Scott Bruce, Director of Research for the project, emphasized the importance of understanding veterans’ problems to provide effective support. He highlighted the alarming statistic that 22 veterans commit suicide daily in the United States, underscoring the urgent need for interventions based on solid data.

The use of VR technology allows researchers to assess participants’ reaction times and cognitive responses to specific cues. This approach is particularly valuable in identifying individuals who may have experienced concussions, as their reaction times tend to be slower. By utilizing advanced technologies, the project aims to improve the detection and treatment of head injuries among veterans.

Jasmine Espinoza and Emily Clark, students in the program, demonstrated the VR survey process. They emphasized the need for participants to focus intensely to enable the A.I. to accurately assess their responses. The sensitivity of the VR equipment requires precise hand positioning for optimal results.

Veterans who participated in the surveys were compensated for their time and contribution. They received $25 for completing the electronic surveys and an additional $25 for undergoing biomarker tests. This initiative not only provides valuable insights into the challenges faced by veterans but also demonstrates the commitment to supporting their well-being and mental health.

Through the innovative use of VR and A.I., this project represents a significant step forward in understanding and addressing the complex issues surrounding veterans’ mental health. By combining cutting-edge technology with compassionate care, researchers and healthcare professionals can work towards reducing the number of veteran suicides and improving the overall quality of life for those who have served their country.