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Effects of nature on stress and anxiety during invasive diagnostic procedures : using virtual reality environments.

Jansen, E.M.M. (2017) Effects of nature on stress and anxiety during invasive diagnostic procedures : using virtual reality environments.

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Abstract:Based on earlier research which demonstrated that patients in a hospital can profit from nature, the present pilot research studied the effect of nature views during an invasive procedure. It aimed to study the effects of different types of nature views on psychological well-being during a bronchoscopy. Recent research found that nature with elements of soft-fascination restores the attention processes and suggested that psychological well-being improves when people are able to restore attention. In the main study patients were given VR glasses through which nature videos were shown. It was chosen to use VR glasses because it strengthens the sense of presence in an environment. Participants (n = 10) were allocated in two groups from which one condition received nature videos high on soft-fascination and the other group received nature videos low on soft-fascination. A pre-test was done to measure the degree of soft-fascination in the nature videos. It was expected that the nature videos high on soft-fascination have a stronger restorative effect on psychological well-being than the nature videos low on soft-fascination. Results on the qualitative analysis showed a possible stronger restorative effect of high on soft-fascination nature views than of low on soft-fascination nature views.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72911
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