Learning Island: The development of a virtual reality system for the experiential training of stress management

Giuseppe Riva, Cinzia Vigna, Alessandra Grassi, Simona Raspelli, Pietro Cipresso, Federica Pallavicini, Silvia Serino, Andrea Gaggioli

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Psychological Stress occurs when an individual perceives that environmental demands tax or exceed his or her adaptive capacity. Following this view, that underlines the role of the situated experience of the patient in experiencing a stressor, the European Union funded Interstress project (http://www.interstress. eu) is exploring the possible use of the virtual simulation technology offered by SecondLife (http://www.secondlife.com) to administer a stress management experiential training. The structure of the environment and the contents of the course are described and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 19: NextMed, MMVR 2012 - Newport Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 9 2012Feb 11 2012


OtherMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 19: NextMed, MMVR 2012
CountryUnited States
CityNewport Beach, CA



  • Experiential training
  • SecondLife
  • Stress-management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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