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Danni He

Danni He

Hangzhou Normal University, China

Title: Virtual reality technology in cognitive rehabilitation application: Bibliometric Analysis


In recent years, with the development of computer science and medical science, virtual reality (VR) has become a promising tool for improving cognitive function. Research on VR-based cognitive training has garnered increasing attention. 
This study aimed to investigate the application status, research hot spots, and emerging trends of VR in cognitive rehabilitation over the past 20 years. 
Articles on VR-based cognitive rehabilitation from 2001 to 2021 were retrieved from the Web of Science. Cite Space software was used for the visual analysis of authors, and Scimago Graphica software was used for the geographic visualization of published countries or regions. Keywords were clustered using the gCLUTO software. 
A total of 1259 papers were included. In recent years, research on the application of VR in cognitive rehabilitation has been widely conducted, and the annual publication of literature has shown a positive trend. The main research areas include neuroscience and neurology, psychology, computer science, and rehabilitation. The United States ranked first with 328 papers. Giuseppe Riva was the most prolific author with 29 publications. The most frequently cited reference was “Using Reality to Characterize Episodic Memory Profiles in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease: Influence of Active and Passive Encoding.” The most common keywords used by researchers include “virtual reality,” “cognition,” “rehabilitation”, and “older adult.” The largest source of research funding is from the public sector in the United States. 
The bibliometric analysis provided an overview of the application of VR in cognitive rehabilitation. VR-based cognitive rehabilitation can be integrated into multiple disciplines. We conclude that, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the development of VR-based telerehabilitation is crucial, and there are still many problems that need to be addressed, such as the lack of consensus on treatment methods and the existence of safety hazards. 


Danni He has received bachelor’s degree at 2021. She is now pursuing a master’s degree at Hangzhou Normal University with a research interest in nursing informatics. She has 2 publications and attended 2 academic conferences.