DeLight: biofeedback through ambient light for stress intervention and relaxation assistance

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Abstract

Light is a common ambient medium to express additional information in a peripheral and calm way, but it is also an environmental stimulant to create atmosphere, evoke moods, and provide immersive experiences. Through the design of the DeLight system, we aim to establish a biofeedback-driven lighting environment that informs users about their stress level for intervention and assists them in biofeedback relaxation training. In this study, DeLight is interfaced with a heart rate variability biofeedback system with two modes for different purposes: stress intervention and relaxation assistance. We evaluated the prototype of DeLight in two user studies. The results of the first study show that DeLight has the potential for stress intervention; the HRV biofeedback through the changes of ambient light could improve a user’s awareness of stress and trigger behavioral conditioning, such as deep breathing. The results of the second study confirm that DeLight has potential as a new biofeedback interface for relaxation assistance; biofeedback through an immersive lighting environment can support physiological regulation as effectively as graphic biofeedback; it offers enhanced relaxation effects regarding both subjective experience and physiological arousal. These findings suggest that the biofeedback-driven ambient light can perform as persuasive technology in the domain of health self-management. The combination of decorative and informative aspects enables the lighting interface to offer the users a comfortable and relaxing condition for biofeedback-assisted relaxation training.

LanguageEnglish
Pages787-805
Number of pages19
JournalPersonal and Ubiquitous Computing
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 23 May 2018

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Keywords

  • Ambient display
  • Biofeedback
  • Lighting interface
  • Relaxation
  • Stress management

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In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Vol. 22, No. 4, 23.05.2018, p. 787-805.

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