Training multitasking in a virtual supermarket: A novel intervention after stroke

Debbie Rand, Patrice L. Weiss, Noomi Katz

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OBJECTIVE. To explore the potential of the VMall, a virtual supermarket running on a video-capture virtual reality system, as an intervention tool for people who have multitasking deficits after stroke. METHOD. Poststroke, 4 participants received ten 60-min sessions over 3 weeks using the VMall. The intervention focused on improving multitasking while the participant was engaged in a virtual shopping task. Instruments included the Multiple Errands Test-Hospital Version (MET-HV) in a real mall and in the VMall. RESULTS. Participants achieved improvements ranging from 20.5% to 51.2% for most of the MET-HV measures performed in a real shopping mall and in the VMall. CONCLUSIONS. The data support the VMall's potential as a motivating and effective intervention tool for the rehabilitation of people poststroke who have multitasking deficits during the performance of daily tasks. However, because the sample was small, additional intervention studies with the VMall should be conducted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-542
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2009


  • Activities of daily living
  • Condition
  • Operant
  • Stroke
  • Task performance analysis
  • User-computer interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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