The Promise of Virtual Reality in Healthcare
August 13, 2020 at 8:30 AM, Pacific Coast Time Zone
Presented by: Todd Maddox Ph.D.
In this webinar Dr. Todd Maddox, PhD will discuss the promise of virtual reality (VR) as an effective education and training tool in healthcare. He will review the neurobiology of learning and performance and show that VR broadly engages multiple learning and performance systems in the brain in synchrony. This “spreads the wealth” of educational and training opportunities across the brain while simultaneously “reducing the burden” on cognitive processing systems in the brain. He argues that traditional approaches to healthcare education and training are sub-optimal because they target almost exclusively cognitive learning and performance systems in the brain, whereas VR targets a broad and comprehensive array of learning and performance systems in the brain. Finally, Dr. Maddox discusses how virtual reality can serve as a complement to healthcare simulation training.
Type of Offering: Webinar
Teaching Method: Lecture with Slide Presentation
- Define the problems in healthcare education and training
- Identify the learning centers in the brain
- Explain the benefits of virtual reality for healthcare learning
Suggested Learner Level: Intermediate
Todd Maddox, Ph.D. is the Learning Scientist at IKONA Health, Inc. His passion is to apply his 25 years of psychological and neuroscientific expertise, gained by managing a large human learning, memory and performance laboratory, to help build better education and training solutions in the healthcare sector. After receiving his Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience, Todd embarked on a 25-year academic research career achieving status as a leader in the fields of human learning, memory and performance. Todd published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles, resulting in over 12,000 academic citations, and hundreds of speaking engagements. During his 25-year academic career he was awarded over $10 million in federal grants from the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Defense to support his research. Since entering the private sector, Todd has embarked on a mission to translate the amazing body of research conducted in the “Ivory Towers” into plain English, and to help the healthcare sector provide better care for patients and better training for healthcare professionals. Todd is especially interested in applying his expertise in the psychology and neuroscience of learning, memory and performance to the use of immersive technologies healthcare.