Virtual Reality and Serious Games for Stress Reduction with Application in Work Environments

I. Ladakis, V. Kilintzis, D. Xanthopoulou, I. Chouvarda

Abstract

This paper proposes a VR – based gamified approach aiming to reduce stress levels in work environments. This idea employs a standalone VR headset for immersion in a peaceful virtual environment, guided deep breathing exercises, sensing of heart rate and electrodermal activity for the estimation of stress, and feedback to the VR environment. For the qualitative and quantitative assessment of stress levels two sensors were used, Scosche Rhythm+ for monitoring heart rate signal (HR) and Moodmetric Ring for monitoring the EDA (electrodermal activity) signal. As a preliminary work, a series of stress-inducing batteries were created, including different stressful conditions that may resemble real life conditions (e.g., at work). Experiments with volunteers were conducted, to investigate the stress response before and during a stressful situation, as well as after VR-based relaxation. The signal fluctuation over time and the correlation between HR/EDA signals were explored towards selecting the optimal metric for the representation of the real stress level. The results of this preliminary study are relevant for the timely estimation of stress levels and the provision of a simple and useful tool for the immediate decrease of stress in various real-life environments such as work environments.

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Ladakis I., Kilintzis V., Xanthopoulou D. and Chouvarda I. (2021). Virtual Reality and Serious Games for Stress Reduction with Application in Work Environments.In Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 4: HEALTHINF, ISBN 978-989-758-490-9, pages 541-548. DOI: 10.5220/0010300905410548


in Bibtex Style

@conference{healthinf21,
author={I. Ladakis and V. Kilintzis and D. Xanthopoulou and I. Chouvarda},
title={Virtual Reality and Serious Games for Stress Reduction with Application in Work Environments},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 4: HEALTHINF,},
year={2021},
pages={541-548},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0010300905410548},
isbn={978-989-758-490-9},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 4: HEALTHINF,
TI - Virtual Reality and Serious Games for Stress Reduction with Application in Work Environments
SN - 978-989-758-490-9
AU - Ladakis I.
AU - Kilintzis V.
AU - Xanthopoulou D.
AU - Chouvarda I.
PY - 2021
SP - 541
EP - 548
DO - 10.5220/0010300905410548