Smartphone for self-management of psychological stress: A preliminary evaluation of positive technology app

Silvia Serino, Pietro Cipresso, Andrea Gaggioli, Federica Pallavicini, Sergio Cipresso, Danilo Campanaro, Giuseppe Riva

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Abstract

In recent years, there is growing interest in the use of advanced technologies for supporting well-being. The aim of this study was to test the efficacy of Positive Technology, the first application for smartphone and tablet that exploits the potential of new technologies and wearable biosensors for the self-management of psychological stress. 68 users who performed guided relaxation or biofeedback exercises for at least 120 seconds were included in the sample. The stress management exercises performed with the application were effective in reducing users' psychological stress level. It is possible to note a significant decrease in the arousal, associated with a concomitant increase in the hedonic valence after the stress management exercises. A decrease in heart rate values was observed, although it was not statistically significant. Although preliminary, overall these data suggest that even a brief stress management exercise carried out on a mobile application might be useful to reduce psychological discomfort.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-260
Number of pages8
JournalRevista de Psicopatologia y Psicologia Clinica
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2014

Keywords

  • Arousal
  • Heart rate
  • Mobile phone
  • Positive technology
  • Psychological stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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