Positive technology: A free mobile platform for the self-management of psychological stress

Andrea Gaggioli, Pietro Cipresso, Silvia Serino, Danilo Marco Campanaro, Federica Pallavicini, Brenda K. Wiederhold, Giuseppe Riva

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Abstract

We describe the main features and preliminary evaluation of Positive Technology, a free mobile platform for the self-management of psychological stress (http://positiveapp.info/). The mobile platform features three main components: (i) guided relaxation, which provides the user with the opportunity of browsing a gallery of relaxation music and video-narrative resources for reducing stress; (ii) 3D biofeedback, which helps the user learning to control his/her responses, by visualizing variations of heart rate in an engaging 3D environment; (iii) stress tracking, by the recording of heart rate and self-reports. We evaluated the Positive Technology app in an online trial involving 32 participants, out of which 7 used the application in combination with the wrist sensor. Overall, feedback from users was satisfactory and the analysis of data collected online indicated the capability of the app for reducing perceived stress levels. A future goal is to improve the usability of the application and include more advanced stress monitoring features, based on the analysis of heart rate variability indexes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine 2014: Positive Change: Connecting the Virtual and the Real
PublisherIOS Press
Pages25-29
Number of pages5
Volume99
ISBN (Print)9781614994015, 9781614994008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 30 2014

Keywords

  • Biofeedback
  • Heart rate
  • Mobile health
  • Positive technology
  • Stress
  • Wearable sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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    Gaggioli, A., Cipresso, P., Serino, S., Campanaro, D. M., Pallavicini, F., Wiederhold, B. K., & Riva, G. (2014). Positive technology: A free mobile platform for the self-management of psychological stress. In Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine 2014: Positive Change: Connecting the Virtual and the Real (Vol. 99, pp. 25-29). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-401-5-25