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Issue No. 07 - July (2012 vol. 18)
ISSN: 1077-2626
pp: 1101-1114
D. S. Lind , Dept. of Surg., Med. Coll. of Georgia, Augusta, GA, USA
A. Kotranza , Dept. of Comput. & Inf. Sci. & Eng., Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
B. Lok , Dept. of Comput. & Inf. Sci. & Eng., Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
We investigate the efficacy of incorporating real-time feedback of user performance within mixed-reality environments (MREs) for training real-world tasks with tightly coupled cognitive and psychomotor components. This paper presents an approach to providing real-time evaluation and visual feedback of learner performance in an MRE for training clinical breast examination (CBE). In a user study of experienced and novice CBE practitioners (n = 69), novices receiving real-time feedback performed equivalently or better than more experienced practitioners in the completeness and correctness of the exam. A second user study (n = 8) followed novices through repeated practice of CBE in the MRE. Results indicate that skills improvement in the MRE transfers to the real-world task of CBE of human patients. This initial case study demonstrates the efficacy of MREs incorporating real-time feedback for training real-world cognitive-psychomotor tasks.
virtual reality, biomedical education, computer based training, data visualisation, medical computing, patient diagnosis, real-world cognitive-psychomotor tasks, real-time evaluation, learner performance visualization, mixed-reality environment, clinical breast examination, real-time user performance feedback, real-world tasks training, tightly coupled cognitive components, psychomotor components, visual feedback, MRE, human patients, Breast, Sensors, Real time systems, Visualization, Training, Data models, Humans, life and medical sciences., Mixed and augmented reality, information visualization

D. S. Lind, A. Kotranza and B. Lok, "Real-Time Evaluation and Visualization of Learner Performance in a Mixed-Reality Environment for Clinical Breast Examination," in IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics, vol. 18, no. , pp. 1101-1114, 2012.
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