Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges of Enabling Clinical-friendly Drug Psychotherapy with Virtual Reality and Biofeedback Technologies

Min Wei Hung, Chi Ting Hou, Chieh Jui Ho, Chien Wen (Tina) Yuan, Nanyi Bi, Shu Huei Chen, Ming Chyi Huang, Chuang Wen You

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Abstract

Drug addiction is a chronic disorder associated with many of the emotional or cognitive problems observed in addicted individuals. As a result, drug-addicted patients often display deficits in their mind-body awareness and easily ignore or fail to identify emotional or environmental cues. This study conducted a needs assessment study to gain guidelines for incorporating virtual reality and biofeedback technologies to assist psychotherapists in raising patients' awareness and identifying their cues in psychotherapy. Our results identify current difficulties to reinforce mind-body awareness and correct attributions of craving stimuli. Also, we summarized concerns and the potential to promote the effectiveness of psychotherapy when applying virtual reality and biofeedback technologies to induce cravings. We also proposed a preliminary design of technology solutions to incorporate clinical-friendly VR-based craving inducing along with real-time biofeedback for enabling psychotherapists to jointly review the induced craving events based on the collected information.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2021
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380959
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 May 8
Externally publishedYes
Event2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, CHI EA 2021 - Virtual, Online, Japan
Duration: 2021 May 82021 May 13

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, CHI EA 2021
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityVirtual, Online
Period2021/05/082021/05/13

Keywords

  • biofeedback
  • drug addiction
  • psychotherapy
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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