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Breathe in, breathe out : examining the role of nature within VR meditations to reduce anxiety in university students.

Remmerden, L. (2021) Breathe in, breathe out : examining the role of nature within VR meditations to reduce anxiety in university students.

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Abstract:This research combines the practice of a guided meditation with a VR environment in order to create an intervention that can aid and reduce symptoms of mental health related issues. A total of 61 participants in this experimental study filled out a survey about anxiety before meditating in one of three conditions. A control group using audio only, a VR condition high in ‘awe’ (vast, spacious nature), and VR condition low in awe. The results showed the strongest reduction of state anxiety for participants using the VR meditation including awe. Additionally, higher Trait Anxiety led to a stronger reduction of State Anxiety. Meditation experience resulted in higher State Anxiety Difference, an increased feeling of Being Away, Fascination, Compatibility, and general Perceived Restorativeness. Even though limitations negatively impacted this study’s outcome, this study is a worthwhile indicator of the powerful effect of Virtual Reality meditation on anxiety in young adults. Furthermore, interesting and new insights about the interplay between VR meditation and Perceived Body Boundaries are provided.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88408
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