Designing a VR experience to reduce the experience of pain: scare, excite or relax?

Erik D. van der Spek, Luuk P.M. Roelofs

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Ever since Snow World, there has been a proliferation of Virtual Reality (VR) for pain alleviation in clinical settings. VR provides a relatively low-cost and side-effects free way to distract patients from acute pain. Numerous studies have shown the feasibility of using VR to reduce pain compared with control conditions, however very little research has been done on how the VR experience itself should be designed to optimally distract a user's attention away from the pain. Here, we used the circumplex model of affect as an input to design three affective, wireless, passive VR experiences, viz. a tense experience (horror), an exciting experience (parachuting) and a relaxing experience (nature-walk). In a counterbalanced within-subjects experiment, 14 participants underwent a cold pressor test through three experimental and one control conditions. There was a significant effect of condition, with participants in the tense (horror) condition being able to withstand pain for longer. This may also be due to the anticipation inherent in horror experiences however.
Originele taal-2Engels
TitelEntertainment Computing and Serious Games - 1st IFIP TC 14 Joint International Conference, ICEC-JCSG 2019, Proceedings
RedacteurenErik van der Spek, Stefan Göbel, Ellen Yi-Luen Do, Esteban Clua, Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge
Plaats van productieCham
Aantal pagina's14
ISBN van elektronische versie978-3-030-34644-7
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-030-34643-0
StatusGepubliceerd - 2019
Evenement1st IFIP TC 14 Joint International Conference, (ICEC-JCSG 2019) - Arequipa, Peru
Duur: 11 nov 201915 nov 2019


Congres1st IFIP TC 14 Joint International Conference, (ICEC-JCSG 2019)


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