Sensors 2012, 12(10), 13225-13248; doi:10.3390/s121013225
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Combination of Wearable Multi-Biosensor Platform and Resonance Frequency Training for Stress Management of the Unemployed Population

Graduate School of Computer Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735, Korea
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Received: 6 August 2012; in revised form: 17 September 2012 / Accepted: 19 September 2012 / Published: 27 September 2012
(This article belongs to the Section Biosensors)
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Abstract: Currently considerable research is being directed toward developing methodologies for controlling emotion or releasing stress. An applied branch of the basic field of psychophysiology, known as biofeedback, has been developed to fulfill clinical and non-clinical needs related to such control. Wearable medical devices have permitted unobtrusive monitoring of vital signs and emerging biofeedback services in a pervasive manner. With the global recession, unemployment has become one of the most serious social problems; therefore, the combination of biofeedback techniques with wearable technology for stress management of unemployed population is undoubtedly meaningful. This article describes a wearable biofeedback system based on combining integrated multi-biosensor platform with resonance frequency training (RFT) biofeedback strategy for stress management of unemployed population. Compared to commercial system, in situ experiments with multiple subjects indicated that our biofeedback system was discreet, easy to wear, and capable of offering ambulatory RFT biofeedback.Moreover, the comparative studies on the altered autonomic nervous system (ANS) modulation before and after three week RFT biofeedback training was performed in unemployed population with the aid of our wearable biofeedback system. The achieved results suggested that RFT biofeedback in combination with wearable technology was capable of significantly increasingoverall HRV, which indicated by decreasing sympathetic activities, increasing parasympathetic activities, and increasing ANS synchronization. After 3-week RFT-based respiration training, the ANS’s regulating function and coping ability of unemployed population have doubled, and tended toward a dynamic balance.
Keywords: multi-biosensor platform; wearable biofeedback system; resonance frequency training; heart rate variability; unemployment; stress management

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Wu, W.; Gil, Y.; Lee, J. Combination of Wearable Multi-Biosensor Platform and Resonance Frequency Training for Stress Management of the Unemployed Population. Sensors 2012, 12, 13225-13248.

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Wu W, Gil Y, Lee J. Combination of Wearable Multi-Biosensor Platform and Resonance Frequency Training for Stress Management of the Unemployed Population. Sensors. 2012; 12(10):13225-13248.

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Wu, Wanqing; Gil, Yeongjoon; Lee, Jungtae. 2012. "Combination of Wearable Multi-Biosensor Platform and Resonance Frequency Training for Stress Management of the Unemployed Population." Sensors 12, no. 10: 13225-13248.

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