The virtual human breathing relaxation system

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A number of health-related issues can be attributed to occupational and chronic stress. Interactive immersive Virtual Reality environments have been shown to be beneficial in healthcare and mental wellbeing by enabling effective interventions such as stress management and behavioural therapy. Our goal is to build an automated breathing relaxation system that is based on a closed-loop, implicit interaction and that harnesses known mechanisms of physiological synchrony found in human-human interaction. In this demo, we will show the Virtual Human Breathing Relaxation System where the user's breathing rhythm is influenced using an ecologically valid physiological signal, i.e.The breathing behaviour of a virtual human. By continuously adapting the virtual human's breathing rhythm the system aims to bring the participants breathing behaviour to a rhythm that allows them to feel more relaxed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 5th Experiment at International Conference, 2019
EditorsAlberto Cardoso, Maria Teresa Restivo
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781728136370
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-3638-7
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2019
Event5th Experiment at International Conference, 2019 - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 12 Jun 201914 Jun 2019


Conference5th Experiment at International Conference, 2019
CityFunchal, Madeira


  • Active Entrainment
  • Breathing Relaxation
  • Physiological Synchrony
  • Relaxation
  • Stress
  • Virtual Human
  • Virtual Reality.


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