Chill-out: Relaxation training through respiratory biofeedback in a mobile casual game

Avinash Parnandi, Beena Ahmed, Eva Shipp, Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna

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Abstract

We present Chill-Out, an adaptive biofeedback game that teaches relaxation skills by monitoring the breathing rate of the player. The game uses a positive feedback loop that penalizes fast breathing by means of a proportional derivative control law: rapid (and/or increasing) breathing rates increase game difficulty and reduce the final score of the game. We evaluated Chill-Out against a conventional non-biofeedback game and traditional relaxation based on deep breathing. Measurements of breathing rate, electrodermal activity, and heart rate variability show that playing Chill-Out leads to lower arousal during a subsequent task designed to induce stress.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobile Computing, Applications, and Services - 5th International Conference, MobiCASE 2013, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages252-260
Number of pages9
Volume130
ISBN (Print)9783319054513
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event5th International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services, MobiCASE 2013 - Paris, France
Duration: 7 Nov 20138 Nov 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
Volume130
ISSN (Print)18678211

Other

Other5th International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services, MobiCASE 2013
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period7/11/138/11/13

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  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Parnandi, A., Ahmed, B., Shipp, E., & Gutierrez-Osuna, R. (2014). Chill-out: Relaxation training through respiratory biofeedback in a mobile casual game. In Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services - 5th International Conference, MobiCASE 2013, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 130, pp. 252-260). (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST; Vol. 130). Springer Verlag.