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   The Systemic Lisbon Battery (SLB) is a multipurpose virtual reality online platform that has been used in several studies for cognitive assessment and training. Consists of a small town, in which patients are able to perform several activities of daily living, because we argue that cognitive intervention should be conducted during execution of everyday tasks in order for the results of such interventions be reliable. During these tests the patients are able to move freely around and to grab objects while interaction with the environment.


   The SLB was developed to assess and train cognitive functions of impaired populations through behavioural tracking while they are performing activities of daily living. The following activities are available: morning hygiene, choosing clothes, packing shoes in a shoe closet, preparing food, watching news on a TV set, shopping, going to the pharmacy, attending to an art gallery, or playing in a casino. These tasks are aimed to assess and train specific cognitive abilities, such as memory, attention, executive functions and reasoning, each of those involved in everyday activities.
    Wardrobe

   The Wardrobe test that is included in the SLB is a very flexible test that allows evaluating/training different cognitive abilities. The Wardrobe comprises different types clothes for both male and female that range from shoes, purses, shirts, dresses, to pants and jeans. The objective of the Wardrobe test is that subjects choose the right clothes to wear according to [expander_maker more="Read more" less="Read less"]different purposes. A specific list of clothes may be presented to subjects that may be visible or not throughout the task and thus involving also memory and attention/concentration, but examiner may also ask for subjects to pick the right clothes according to the current weather or the time of the year, which may allow to understand everyday functioning by assessing their decisions in choosing the number of pieces of clothing or, for example, whether these were appropriate given gender and weather.

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Morning hygiene   

   This task is used at the beginning of the cognitive intervention, in which the participants are asked to interact with the tooth brush and with the shower in the bathroom. This first task is used to train specific abilities of participants (i.e., the familiarization with the controls), but also to [expander_maker more="Read more" less="Read less"]provide some basic rules this and further tasks. For instance, specific orders of task execution may be trained at this stage by asking subjects to open the water in the shower first and then to use the shower cream that is also placed in the shower cabinet.

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Reference:

  • Gamito P, Oliveira J, Brito R, Lopes P, Rodelo L, Pinto L, Morais D. (2016). Evaluation of Cognitive Functions through the Systemic Lisbon Battery: Normative Data. Methods Inf Med. 10;55(1), 93-97. Schauttauer. doi: 10.3414/ME14-02-0021
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    Shoe Closet

   The Shoe Closet consists of a virtual shoe closet with 8 different shoe compartments divided into 2 columns by 4 rows. The task starts with each pair of shoes in different shoe compartments not matching in colour. In the SCT the participants are asked to pack up the [expander_maker more="Read more" less="Read less"]shoes in a shoe closet, by matching each pair of shoes with the colours from each of the shoe compartments. The rationale for this task is based on a visual search paradigm with single-coloured targets that are visible throughout the task, involving attention ability.

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Reference:

  • Oliveira J, Gamito P, Rosa B, Bertolo D, Ribeiro J, Sousa T, Morais D, Ferreira F, Lopes P (in press). Ecologically-oriented approach for cognitive assessment in the elderly. Proceedings of the 2016 Workshop on ICTs for improving Patients Rehabilitation Research Techniques
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Virtual Kitchen   

  In this test subjects are asked to simulate the baking of a cake, which reproduces food preparation tasks, which is one of the important instrumental daily life activities that may be compromised in cases of mild to severe cognitive impairments. The list of ingredients may be available during the test, in which individuals are asked to drag the ingredients from the cabinet to [expander_maker more="Read more" less="Read less"]the balcony in the right order. In the second trial of this test, the participants have to pack up the ingredients in the cabinet according to each category of ingredient, which involves executive functioning and abstraction. The study of the Virtual Kitchen Test was already conducted in different clinical populations with cognitive impairments as those in patients with substance use disorders.

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Reference:

  • Gamito P, Oliveira J, Caires C, Morais D, Brito R, Lopes P, Saraiva T, Soares F, Sottomayor C, Barata F, Picareli F, Prates M, Santos C. (2014) Virtual Kitchen Test: Assessing Frontal Lobe Functions in Patients with Alcohol Dependence Syndrome. Methods of 
Information in Medicine, 54(2):122-6.
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    TV

   The TV set is placed in the living room of the apartment, where subjects are able to turn on the TV and watch the news. The purpose of this task is to have individuals watching different stories and to recall these stories immediately or in delayed recall condition after 30 minutes. Besides language comprehension, this task allows assessing episodic memory encoding and retrieval.[expander_maker more="Read more" less="Read less"]

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Reference:

  • Gamito P, Morais D, Oliveira J, Lopes P, Picarelli F, Correia S, Matias M. (2016). Systemic Lisbon Battery: Normative data for memory and attention assessments. Journal of Medical and Internet Research: Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies, 55(1): 93-7.
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Art Gallery   

   The art gallery test is located at northwest side of the city. This test consists of different sets of paintings, in which individuals have to perform attention tasks that differ in the number of targets/distractors. The tasks are comparative visual tasks that have target items visible throughout the task. The art gallery test is a measure that gathers the main aspects of attention ability but with functionally different tasks.[expander_maker more="Read more" less="Read less"]

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Reference:

  • Gamito P, Oliveira J, Brito R, Lopes P, Rodelo L, Pinto L, Morais D. (2016). Evaluation of Cognitive Functions through the Systemic Lisbon Battery: Normative Data. Methods Inf Med. 10;55(1), 93-97.
  • Gamito et al. (under submission). The Art Gallery Test: assessing visual attention through art.
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    Pharmacy

   The pharmacy task is very similar to the shopping task of the supermarket, but here with a different context and products. The pharmacy is located near the city park and allows assessing the ability of individuals in managing finances when buying the listed products in the pharmacy. In the shopping tests it is possible to hide the list of products, which increases task demands specifically at memory level.[expander_maker more="Read more" less="Read less"]

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Reference:

  • Gamito P, Oliveira J, Brito R, Lopes P, Morais D, Pinto L, Rodelo L, Gameiro F, Rosa B. (in press) Assessing cognitive functions with VR-based serious games that reproduce daily life: Pilot testing for normative values. ICTs for Improving Patients Rehabilitation Research Techniques. Volume 515 of the series Communications in Computer and Information Science pp 1-10 [Book Chapter].
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Casino   

  The casino test was developed with the purpose of assessing impulsive decision making. The test is performed inside a virtual casino, where individuals are able to interact with four slot machines. Each of these slot machines have different ratios between wins/losses. Each slot machine will give a reward, but also in some occasions will cause a penalty and the participant to lose money (more likely on leftmost machines).[expander_maker more="Read more" less="Read less"]

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