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How to reduce the arousal in daily life by means of the Sense-IT ambulatory feedback app?

Kern, Sabine (2019) How to reduce the arousal in daily life by means of the Sense-IT ambulatory feedback app?

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Abstract:Background: Everyone knows the feeling of anger or anxiety in daily life. Often, we do not recognize these feelings consciously. The ambulatory biofeedback app Sense-IT is aimed to encourage emotional awareness. Till now, the app was only tested with people which are struggling detecting their own emotional arousal. But this problem does affect people of the broader population, too. To find new application areas for the Sense-IT app a qualitative study was carried out. Objective: The aims of this study are (1) to find new application areas of the Sense-IT app, (2) to find specific user characteristics, (3) to examine the use of the app in daily life and (4) to analyse the users experiences regarding the system usability of the app. Methods: A qualitative evaluative study was used with a semi-structured interview. The study was conducted with six participants, who got the task to use the app over a period of time in their daily life. Afterwards they had to fill in a questionnaire and were interviewed regarding their experiences. Results: Nearly all participants benefitted from the use of the Sense-IT app, and the app seemed especially helpful in situations with some sort of responsibility or with a conflict. During the study, specific user characteristics could not be found. Some participants reported technical problems whereby the usability in daily life and the system usability were restricted. Conclusions: The use of an ambulatory biofeedback app can be useful for people with mental disorder but also for people without. It requires that the person knows how and why to use the app. In the study some new application areas were found especially situations regarding uncontrollability. The Sense-IT app seemed to have some technical gaps that should be improved. Nevertheless, the app is a useful tool for people to learn better emotional regulation in daily life.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77586
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