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Information 2019, 10(2), 62; https://doi.org/10.3390/info10020062

Cloud Based Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Service for Public Speaking Anxiety

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Department of Software Engineering, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas 44249, Lithuania
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Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Bergen, 5020 Bergen, Norway
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This paper is extended version of our paper presented during 2018 6th International Conference on Future Internet of Things and Cloud Workshops (FiCloud), Barcelona, Spain, 6–8 August 2018.
Received: 16 January 2019 / Revised: 8 February 2019 / Accepted: 13 February 2019 / Published: 15 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cloud Gamification)
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Abstract

Public speaking anxiety is commonly treated using cognitive behavioral therapy. During the therapy session, the patient is either asked to vividly imagine and describe the feared stimulus or is confronted with it in the real world. Sometimes, however, it can be hard to imagine the object of fear or to create a controllable environment that contains this stimulus. Virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) can help solve these problems by placing the patient in a simulated 3D environment. While standalone VRET applications have been investigated for more than 25 years, we are analyzing the viability of a cloud-based VRET system. In this paper, we discuss the architectural and technical choices made in order to create a mobile and lightweight solution that can be easily adapted by any psychology clinic. Moreover, we are analyzing data gathered from 30 participants who have undergone a VRET session for public speaking anxiety. Finally, the collected psychophysiological signals including galvanic skin response (GSR) and skin temperature are processed and investigated in order to evaluate our cloud-based VRET system. View Full-Text
Keywords: virtual reality; exposure therapy; social anxiety disorder; public speaking; SaaS virtual reality; exposure therapy; social anxiety disorder; public speaking; SaaS
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Šalkevičius, J.; Miškinytė, A.; Navickas, L. Cloud Based Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Service for Public Speaking Anxiety. Information 2019, 10, 62.

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