Promoting Relaxation Using Virtual Reality, Olfactory Interfaces and Wearable EEG

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Publication Details

Author(s): Amores J, Richer R, Zhao N, Maes P, Eskofier B
Editor(s): IEEE
Publication year: 2018
Conference Proceedings Title: 2018 IEEE 15th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN)
ISBN: 978-1-5386-1109-8
ISSN: 2376-8894
Language: English


Abstract





The ability to relax is sometimes challenging to achieve, nevertheless it is extremely important for mental and physical health, particularly to effectively manage stress and anxiety. We propose a virtual reality experience that integrates a wearable, low-cost EEG headband and an olfactory necklace that passively promotes relaxation. The physiological response was measured from the EEG signal. Relaxation scores were computed from EEG frequency bands associated with a relaxed mental state using an entropy-based signal processing approach. The subjective perception of relaxation was determined using a questionnaire. A user study involving 12 subjects showed that the subjective perception of relaxation increased by 26.1 % when using a VR headset with the olfactory necklace, compared to not being exposed to any stimulus. Similarly, the physiological response also increased by 25.0 %. The presented work is the first Virtual Reality Therapy system that uses scent in a wearable manner and proves its effectiveness to increase relaxation in everyday life situations.






 



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Eskofier, Björn Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 14 (Maschinelles Lernen und Datenanalytik)
Richer, Robert
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 14 (Maschinelles Lernen und Datenanalytik)


External institutions with authors

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


How to cite

APA:
Amores, J., Richer, R., Zhao, N., Maes, P., & Eskofier, B. (2018). Promoting Relaxation Using Virtual Reality, Olfactory Interfaces and Wearable EEG. In IEEE (Eds.), 2018 IEEE 15th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN). Las Vegas, NV, US.

MLA:
Amores, Judith, et al. "Promoting Relaxation Using Virtual Reality, Olfactory Interfaces and Wearable EEG." Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE 15th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN), Las Vegas, NV Ed. IEEE, 2018.

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