Executive Function (EF) is related to cognitive ability and includes such constructs as working memory, inhibition control, and cognitive flexibility (i.e., set shifting). The individual constructs work together to allow a person to set and achieve goals. Student success and achievement have been linked to satisfactory EF skills. Research indicates the testing methods for executive function are diverse and may lack sensitivity. Currently, the NIH Toolbox-Cognitive Battery (NTCB) assessment is a nationally normed standardized battery used to measure individual constructs of executive function in isolation. However, this assessment does not allow measurement of EF as the individual constructs interoperate. Virtual reality (VR) allows the assessment of a combination of individual constructs in real-world settings providing increased ecological validity. This study evaluated the Virtual Reality Grocery Store (VEGS) as an assessment for executive function skills to determine the existing barriers for the use of virtual reality as an assessment for executive function. Although there is a possibility of using VEGS for EF assessment, there is still much work to be done to create an ecologically valid assessment.
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Parsons, Christine, "A Novel Virtual Reality Executive Function Assessment" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1066.