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Manifesting breath: empirical evidence for the integration of shape-changing biofeedback-based artefacts within digital mental health interventions

Manifesting breath: empirical evidence for the integration of shape-changing biofeedback-based artefacts within digital mental health interventions
Manifesting breath: empirical evidence for the integration of shape-changing biofeedback-based artefacts within digital mental health interventions
Digital interventions are often used to support people with mental health conditions, but low engagement frequently reduces their effectiveness. We investigate the use of a Physical Artefact for Well-being Support (PAWS) to improve engagement and effectiveness of an audio-only guided well-being intervention. Through our handheld shape-changing biofeedback-based PAWS, users can synchronously feel their breath via kinaesthetic haptic feedback. By evaluating our device in a randomised-controlled experimental paradigm (N=58), we demonstrate significant reductions in physiological and subjective (self-reported) anxiety compared to an audio-only control. Our findings conclude that synchronous interactions with one‘s own physiological data via the PAWS, improves engagement and effectiveness of an intervention.
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Farrall, Alexz
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Taylor, Jordan
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Ainsworth, Ben
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Alexander, Jason
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Farrall, Alexz
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Taylor, Jordan
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Ainsworth, Ben
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Alexander, Jason
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Farrall, Alexz, Taylor, Jordan, Ainsworth, Ben and Alexander, Jason (2023) Manifesting breath: empirical evidence for the integration of shape-changing biofeedback-based artefacts within digital mental health interventions. CHI PLAY '23: The Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, , Stratford, Canada. 10 - 13 Oct 2023. pp. 1-14 . (doi:10.1145/3544548.3581188).

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Abstract

Digital interventions are often used to support people with mental health conditions, but low engagement frequently reduces their effectiveness. We investigate the use of a Physical Artefact for Well-being Support (PAWS) to improve engagement and effectiveness of an audio-only guided well-being intervention. Through our handheld shape-changing biofeedback-based PAWS, users can synchronously feel their breath via kinaesthetic haptic feedback. By evaluating our device in a randomised-controlled experimental paradigm (N=58), we demonstrate significant reductions in physiological and subjective (self-reported) anxiety compared to an audio-only control. Our findings conclude that synchronous interactions with one‘s own physiological data via the PAWS, improves engagement and effectiveness of an intervention.

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Published date: 19 April 2023
Venue - Dates: CHI PLAY '23: The Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, , Stratford, Canada, 2023-10-10 - 2023-10-13

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Local EPrints ID: 477243
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/477243
PURE UUID: e01f1aa5-92c2-40d5-b5d9-43b2f59176a8
ORCID for Ben Ainsworth: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5098-1092

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Date deposited: 01 Jun 2023 16:57
Last modified: 02 Jun 2023 01:40

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Author: Alexz Farrall
Author: Jordan Taylor
Author: Ben Ainsworth ORCID iD
Author: Jason Alexander

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