VR-based and eyetracking-assisted attention refocusing training for ADHD patients

The BONFOR-funded project investigates in several partial studies the therapeutic application of a new type of attention refocusing training (EART) based on virtual reality and supported by eye tracking in patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) aged between 18 and 65 years.

The background of the study VR-based and eyetracking-assisted attention refocusing training (EART) for ADHD patients is the frequent lack of proximity of existing neurofeedback methods between the therapy environment and situations in the daily life of the patients. Here the application of innovative methods such as Virtual Reality (VR) offers unique possibilities. In detail, the study participants will "dive" into a virtual seminar room with the help of VR glasses and try to solve various cognitive tasks. During the processing of the tasks, attention performance is recorded by means of non-invasive, physiological measurements (eye tracking, EEG). The aim is to provide real-time feedback, for example on the direction of gaze of the study participants, about phases of distraction that occur and thus support refocusing.

The aim of the EART project is to make use of the effects of known neurofeedback methods and to integrate them into an environment that allows a higher level of everyday life transfer. In this way, the perception of the symptoms at the moment of occurrence as well as successful refocusing will be trained.

In the first part of the study, both healthy and ADHD patients will be clinically characterised by questionnaires and standardised interviews over a period of two days and a duration of about 3 hours each.


Principal investigator:
Dr. Niclas Braun (Niclas.Braun@ukbonn.de)

Other project participating investigators at the University Hospital Bonn:
Prof. Dr. Alexandra Philipsen
Benjamin Selaskowski
Laura Marie Asché