Directed by Dr. Adam Gazzaley, the Neuroscape Lab is a state-of-the-art neuroscientific research centre in Mission Bay. It’s aim is to study neuro-diagnostic and therapeutic solutions by collaborating with virtual technology such as Oculus Rift, Surround Sound, and Plasma screen usage to create immersive environments to help combat brain disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.
Research participants enter these virtual environments to work with full-body interactive softwares, that include 3D brain visualization, that actively respond to patient interaction. Researchers then monitor the feedback in real time hoping to learn more about the processing of the brain and to use the software to localise what happens in disease states that affect the brain.
They feel that current research suites tend to be unnatural, scientifically focused surroundings that do not give a clear picture of how the brain functions in more familiar surroundings. By creating an environment that replicates the natural world, they hope to truly understand brain function and provide real life working results. Alongside this, their main focus is on the relationship between consumer friendly products and interactive systems (i.e. mobiles computers, VR, and other screen based technologies) and fast neuroscientific advancement that would be able to leave the lab quickly and be able to target and respond to people’s daily lives.