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November 1, 2017

Presentation of "Virtual Reality and Social Cognition The effect of eye-gaze and narrativity on character engagement" at the 23rd International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, Dublin Ireland.

October 12, 2017

Dr. Parsons gave a worksop on "Virtual reality: an innovative method for assessment and therapy of psychiatric disorders." at the XVII World Congress of Psychiatry, Berlin, Germany.

October 10, 2017

Lab members presented "Avatar Administered Neuropsychological Testing (AVANT): Stroop Interference Task" at the 2017 International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Austin, Texas.

October 9, 2017

Dr. Parsons gave invited lectures on "Neuropsychology 3.0: Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation" at University College Dublin.

September 1, 2017

New paper accepted! Parsons, T.D., & Barnett, M. (in press). Virtual Apartment-Based Stroop for Assessing Distractor Inhibition in Healthy Aging. Applied Neuropsychology. (PDF)

August 30, 2017

New paper accepted! Duffield, T., Parsons, T.D., Karam, S., Otero, T., & Hall, T. (in press). Virtual Reality as an Assessment Modality with Pediatric ASD Populations: A Systematic Review. Child Neuropsychology. (PDF)

August 17, 2017

Dr. Parsons presented "Construct Validation of Virtual Human Administered Cognitive Tests for Teleneuropsychology" at the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS-17-0686) for Telehealth/Virtual Health/Remote Monitoring in the MHS, Kissimmee, Florida.

August 3, 2017

New paper published! Parsons, T.D., & McMahan, T. (2017). An Initial Validation of the Virtual Environment Grocery Store. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 291, 13-19. (PDF)

August 6, 2017

Parsons at UCLA's mHealth 2017.

July 13, 2017

Dr. Parsons at Review Panel: National Institutes of Health; SBIR/STTR: Neuro/Psychopathology, Lifespan Development, and STEM Education Special Emphasis Panel RPHB (12)

June 27, 2017

Dr. Parsons presented at the 22nd Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference (CYPSY22) in Wolverhampton, England.

June 9, 2017

New Publication! Parsons, T.D., & Barnett, M. (2017). Validity of a Newly Developed Measure of Memory: Feasibility Study of the Virtual Environment Grocery Store. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 59, 1227-1235. (PDF)

May 30, 2017

New paper accepted! Parsons, T.D., McMahan, T., & Kane, R. (2017). Practice Parameters Facilitating Adoption of Advanced Technologies for Enhancing Neuropsychological Assessment Paradigms. The Clinical Neuropsychologist. (PDF)

April 16, 2017

New paper published! Parsons, T.D., Gagglioli, A., & Riva, G. (2017). Virtual Environments in Social Neuroscience. Brain Sciences, 7, 42, 1-21 [Special Issue "Best Practices in Social Neuroscience"] (PDF)

April, 1 2017

Dr. Parsons's new book is released: Cyberpsychology and the Brain: The Interaction of Neuroscience and Affective Computing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

March, 1 2017

Dr. Parsons's new book is released: The Role of Technology in Clinical Neuropsychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

February 15, 2017

New chapter published! Hubal, R., & Parsons, T.D. (2017). Synthetic Environments for Skills Training and Practice. In Lin L., and J.M Spector (Eds.), The Sciences of Learning and Instructional Design: Constructive Articulation Between Communities (pp. 152- 185), Elsevier, New York, NY. (PDF)

February 1, 2017

New paper published! Parsons, T.D., Carlew, A.R., Magtoto, J., & Stonecipher, K. (2017). The potential of function-led virtual environments for ecologically valid measures of executive function in experimental and clinical neuropsychology. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 37 (5), 777-807. (PDF)

January 1, 2017

New paper accepted! Barnett, M.D., Parsons, T.D., Reynolds, B.L., Bedford, L.A. (in press). The Impact of Rapport on Neuropsychological Test Performance. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult. (PDF)

November 30, 2016

Dr. Parsons -- talk on "Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation: New Tools for Enhancing Neuropsychological Assessment" at Oregon Health and Science University. Click here for details.

October 18-22, 2016

Dr. Parsons's new book "Clinical Neuropsychology and Technology" was discussed in talks at the " National Academy of Neuropsychology.

September 29, 2016

Dr. Parsons presided as first opponent for Tor Ivar Hansen's dissertation defense "Memoro - Evaluation of core psychometric properties and usability of a new self-administered web-based neuropsychological test platform" at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Congratulations to Dr. Hansen for his successful defense. Dr. Parsons also lectured on "Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation for Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment" at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

August 17, 2016

Dr. Parsons presented "Avatar Administered Neuropsychological Testing (AVANT)" at the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS-16-0665) for Joint Medical Simulation and Health Information Technology: Data Interoperability, Kissimmee, Florida.

July 28, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Timothy (Fred) McMahan (mentors: Parsons and Parberry) on the successful defense of his doctoral dissertation, "Real Time Assessment of a Video Game Player's State of Mind Using Off-the-Shelf Electroencephalography."

July 6, 2016

Dr. Parsons presented a 3 hour invited workshop entitled "Moving with the times: How we can integrate novel technologies into our research and clinical work" at the International Neuropsychological Society Conference in London, England.

July 5, 2016

Dr. Parsons meetings with researchers at University of West England. Specific research collaborations in development with Nigel Newbutt, PhD.

July 1, 2016

Dr. Parsons presented to the Neuropsychology group at Dublin City University. Specific research collaborations in development with Teresa Burke, PhD.

June 30, 2016

Dr. Parsons met with collaborators at University College Dublin's Psychology Program. Specific research collaborations with Brendan Rooney, PhD (aka the Irish Russell Crowe).

June 28, 2016

Dr. Parsons presented at the 21st Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference (CYPSY21) in Dublin, Ireland

June 6, 2016

Two papers presented at the Gmunden Retreat on NeuroIS in Gmunden, Austria.

May 6, 2016

Dr. Parsons's book "Clinical Neuropsychology and Technology" is published.

November 18, 2015

Dr. Parsons delivered invited talk on "Virtual Environments for Ecologically Valid Assessments of Persons with Autism" at the Innovative Technologies for Autism Critical Reflections on Digital Bubbles, University of Sussex, England.

November 15, 2015

CNS Lab Autism research is discussed in DFW Child magazine: Virtual Technology Teaches Kids with Autism to Interact Socially / Virtual reality in North Texas is helping those on the spectrum develop empathy.

July 15, 2015

Dr. Parsons presented on "Virtual Environments for Ecologically Valid Assessments and Interventions in Persons with Neurodevelopmental Disorders Impacting Frontostriatal Functioning" at the 7th Annual UNT Adventures in Autism Intervention & Research Conference, Denton Texas.

November 5, 2014

Dr. Parsons awarded Fellow status in the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

November 3, 2014

Grant Funded!!! $1,000,000 for A13-090 - Advanced Automated Assessment of Cognitive Changes Associated with Brain Injury and Neurological Disease. Parsons is Co-PI with Robert Hubal of Soartech on Phase II of this SBIR.

July 8, 2014

Dr. Parsons gives talk "Applications of Technology to Neuropsychological Assessment and Rehabilitation" at the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics" in Boston, Massachusetts.

June 19, 2014

Dr. Parsons gave talk on "Multimodal Assessment of Supervisory Attentional Processing" at the Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference, Washington DC.

June 2, 2014

Dr. Parsons gives talk to interns and posdoctoral fellows at the Dallas VA. The talk is entitled: "Neuropsychological Assessment using Military Relevant Technology".

May 14, 2014

Dr. Parsons gives Grand Rounds at the UNT Health Sciences Center. The talk is entitled: "Neuropsychology and Technology" (click here).

May 2, 2014

Dr. Parsons's invited presentation of "Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy as Treatment for Pain-Related Fear and Disability in Chronic Pain" at the 2014 American Pain Society's 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting. Tampa Convention Center. Tampa, FL.

April 4, 2014

Dr. Parsons's "Virtual Reality-Based Neuropsychological Assessment" featured in Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers (APAHC) Grand Rounds, 3, 2.

April 3, 2014

Dr. Parsons's presentation of "Neuropsychological Assessment Using Virtual Environments " at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

February 15, 2014

Dr. Parsons's oral presentation of "Virtual Environment-Based Computerized Neuropsychological Assessment Devices" for "Neuropsychology, Technology, and the 21st Century" Symposium at the International Neuropsychological Society's 42nd Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

February 14, 2014

Dr. Parsons's presentation of "Virtual Reality Environments for Ecologically Valid Neuropsychological Assessment" (2014). Keynote Symposium: Oral Paper presentation for "Ecologically Valid Methods of Assessment in Neuropsychology" Symposium at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society. Seattle, Washington.

February 7, 2014

Prospective graduate students interested in the UNT Experimental Psychology doctoral program visited the Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation lab.

January 31, 2014

Prospective graduate students interested in the UNT Clinical Psychology doctoral program visited the Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation lab.

October 18, 2013

Dr. Parsons's contributions to neuropsychology were recognized when he received the 2013 National Academy of Neuropsychology Early Career Achievement award.

September 5, 2013

Grant Funded!!! AVatar-Administered Neuropsychological Testing (AVANT).

The University of North Texas, in partnership with Soar Technology, Inc. (SoarTech), has been awarded funding for SBIR topic A13-090 - Advanced Automated Assessment of Cognitive Changes Associated with Brain Injury and Neurological Disease. The work will focus on developing an automated language-based assessment system that we term AVANT (avatar-administered neuropsychological testing) that is primarily self-administering with clearly presented directions to a patient using both visual illustrations and avatar-based verbal instructions. Using speech recognition and a conversational avatar representing a virtual clinician, AVANT will enhance current approaches to neuropsychological assessment and allow for avatar-administered assessments, based on various perceptual modalities (auditory, visual, gestural), that augment a real clinician's ability to assess patients. The team aims to demonstrate the implementation of speech recognition using a virtual clinician that is sufficiently accurate to permit computer administration of verbally-based neuropsychological tasks including word-list learning, confrontation naming, and aural comprehension.

August 28, 2013

The CNS Lab's new doctoral students arrived this week.

August 3, 2013

Presentation of virtual reality applications for service members with PTSD or TBI Apps, telehealth, virtual teality at the Annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

July 25, 2013

Dr. Parsons presented CNS Lab research on visuospatial and navigational memory in virtual environments at the 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. 21 - 26 July 2013, Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

May 8, 2013

Dr. Parsons in San Antonio for collaborative meetings with Dr. Daniel Taylor and researchers at STRONG STAR (South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience). STRONG STAR is a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research consortium funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to develop and evaluate the most effective early interventions possible for the detection, prevention, and treatment of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in active-duty military personnel and recently discharged veterans.

April 3, 2013

Dr. Parsons attended the 2013 Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) conference in Fort Worth, Texas. SWPA works to promote and strengthen psychology's scientific, professional and educational facets. At its annual meeting, SWPA offers paper, poster, continuing education sessions, workshops, symposia, and invited talks.

March 27, 2013

Dr. Parsons nominated for the National Academy of Neuropsychology Early Career Award for 2013. The Award is granted to a member of National Academy of Neuropsychology in good standing on the basis of 1) overall number of publications, 2) number of first author peer reviewed journal publications, 3) quality of journals, and 4) grant support.

March 24, 2013

Dr. Parsons nominated for the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) Early Career Investigator Award. This award is granted every three years. The purpose of the FABBS Early Career Investigator Award is to "recognize scientists who have made major research contributions to the sciences of brain, mind and behavior." Nominees for this award must have received their doctoral degrees in the last nine years whose work has increased the awareness of science through outreach activities to the public or communication with the media. The research by this nominee must be "articulated in a manner that clarifies its benefit to society."

February 21-22, 2013

Dr. Parsons in Washington DC for scientific review panel (Neuropsychology and Trauma) for the Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (PHTBI) Research Program for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP).

January 26, 2013

Dr. Parsons's manuscript "Collaborative Filtering for Brain-Computer Interaction Using Transfer Learning and Active Class Selection" has been accepted for publication in PLOS ONE (Parsons is the Senior Author. Co-authors are former CNS lab members that have gone on to excellent careers: Dongrui Wu, and Brent Lance). This article is the latest in a series of articles on Dr. Parsons's invention of a military relevant virtual reality stroop task (VRST). The current article reflects a collaborative filtering approach to analyzing brain computer interaction using virtual environments.

January 25, 2013

Prospective graduate students interested in the UNT Clinical Psychology doctoral program visited the Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation lab.

November 20, 2012

Dr. Parsons's manuscript "Validity of the Virtual Reality Stroop Task (VRST) in active duty military" has been published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology (Parsons is the Senior Author. Co-authors: Armstrong, C., Reger, G.M., Edwards, J., Rizzo, A.A., Courtney, C). This article is the latest in a series of articles on Dr. Parsons's invention of a military relevant virtual reality stroop task (VRST). The current article reflects military cohort norms for Parsons's VRST. (Click here)

November 19, 2012

Dr. Parsons invited to the Editorial Board of PsycCRITIQUES (Contemporary Psychology: APA Journal of Book Reviews). (more info)

October 19, 2012

Computer Science and Engineering Research Presentation: Talk by Dr. Parsons on "Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation Lab: Virtual Environments and Serious Games for Psychology and Neuropsychology." Discovery Park at 12:30.

October 17, 2012

North Texas Daily. Dr. Parsons was interviewed about his position on the diagnostic validity of "Internet Addiction". Discussion with Dr. Parsons on the controversy of whether "Internet addiction" exists or is it some underlying disorder (e.g., depression, anxiety or impulse control). Click here for the full story.

October 16, 2012

Swallowing Science and Literary Libations Brown Bag Lunch: Talk by Dr. Parsons on "Neuropsychology and Technology: What's new and how can we use it?" General Academic Building 210m at 12:00.

October 15, 2012

Kinesiology Research Presentation: Talk by Dr. Parsons on "Computational Neuropsychological Assessment of Sports-Related Concussion." Physical Education Building 119 at 7:30.

September 13, 2012

Dr. Parsons's manuscript "Psychophysiology to Assess Impact of Varying Levels of Simulation Fidelity in a Threat Environment" accepted for publication in a special issue of Advances in Human-Computer Interaction (Co-authors: Rizzo, A.A., Courtney, C., & Dawson, M.). The special issue is entitled: "User Assessment in Serious Games and Technology Enhanced Learning."

September 1, 2012

Dr. Parsons's manuscript "Virtual Patients as Novel Teaching Tools in Psychiatry" published in Academic Psychiatry (Co-authors: Pataki, C., Pato, M., Sugar, J., Rizzo, A., St-George, C., Kenny, P.). (PDF)

August 30, 2012

Chris Courtney successfully defended his dissertation!!! Chris's dissertation was entitled: "Psychophysiological Assessment of Cognitive and Affective Responses for Prediction of Performance in Arousal Inducing Virtual Environments." Chris was the last doctoral student to train in Dr. Parsons's lab at USC--talk about going out with a bang! Excellent dissertation Chris!!!

August 13, 2012

Former CNS Lab member Dongrui Wu and Dr. Parsons present their paper "Customized Cognitive State Recognition Using Minimal User-Specific Data" at the Military Health Systems Research Symposium, Fort Lauderdale, FL, August 2012. (PDF)

June 22, 2012

Dr. Parsons and Reinebold's manuscript "Adaptive Virtual Environments for Neuropsychological Assessment in Serious Games" published in IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics. (PDF)

March 8, 2012

Paper (STRIVE: Stress resilience in virtual environments) presented at the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference. Authors included: Buckwalter, J.G. , Rizzo, A., John, B., Newman, B., Williams, J., Parsons, T.D.

February 20, 2012

Dr. Parsons's manuscript "Virtual Reality Paced Serial Assessment Tests for Neuropsychological Assessment of a Military Cohort" published in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (Co-authors: Courtney, C., Rizzo, A.A., Edwards, J., & Reger, G.). (PDF)

Dr. Parsons's manuscript "Stress Resilience In Virtual Environments (STRIVE): A Pre-Deployment VR System for Training Combat Relevant Emotional Coping Skills and Assessing Stress Response" published in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (Co-authors: Rizzo, A., Buckwalter, J., Williams, J., & Kenny, P.). (PDF)

January 15, 2012

Dr. Parsons's chapter "Virtual Simulations and the Second Life Metaverse: Paradigm Shift in Neuropsychological Assessment" published in Virtual Worlds, Second Life and Metaverse Platforms: New Communication and Identity Paradigms (Editors: V. Zagalo, T. Morgado. & A. Boa-Ventura). (PDF)

January 6, 2012

Dr. Parsons's work discussed in Army AL&T magazine "Mending the Mind: Multidisciplinary efforts converge to help service members and veterans facing brain injuries" by Col. Karl E. Friedl. (references an earlier discussion "Assessing Brain Injury: Does Virtual Reality Hold the Answer?" (click here)

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