ExPhobia: A mHealth Technology based on Augmented Reality for Support the Treatment of Arachnophobic Stimulus

Fabiana Brasileiro, Tauily Taunay, José Filho, Manuela Santana, Ântonio Bastos

Abstract

Anxiety disorders attack a significant part of the population and have been treated, mainly, by pharmaceuticals or psychotherapies. Augmented Reality technologies have gotten some space in the treatment of these diseases, with promising results. The current paper presents the prototype ExPhobia that holds concepts and tools from the mHealth and Augmented Reality areas for the support to the facing of arachnophobia. We have as a main goal the development and the performing of the initial tests of ExPhobia for the systemic desensitization on levels of anxiety and escape/dodge in people with arachnophobia. The used methodology for the development of ExPhobia contemplates a laboratorial phase for the conception of this functional prototype, supported by the stages of the interaction design and, after the initial tests, the program is being planned in a way that a research in a method almost experimental can be done, with only one individual, applying the ABA designing. For measuring the levels of anxiety and phobia of the participants in scales, inventories and questionings, in addition to the heart frequency measuring. It is a hypothesis that can be used in the Augmented Reality as a technique of systematic desensitization, from an analytic-behavioral perspective, the positive and viable results for the treatment of specific phobias.

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Brasileiro F., Taunay T., Filho J., Santana M. and Bastos Â. (2019). ExPhobia: A mHealth Technology based on Augmented Reality for Support the Treatment of Arachnophobic Stimulus.In Proceedings of the 12th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF, ISBN 978-989-758-353-7, pages 474-480. DOI: 10.5220/0007580604740480


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@conference{healthinf19,
author={Fabiana Brasileiro and Tauily Taunay and José Filho and Manuela Santana and Ântonio Bastos},
title={ExPhobia: A mHealth Technology based on Augmented Reality for Support the Treatment of Arachnophobic Stimulus},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 12th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF,},
year={2019},
pages={474-480},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0007580604740480},
isbn={978-989-758-353-7},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 12th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF,
TI - ExPhobia: A mHealth Technology based on Augmented Reality for Support the Treatment of Arachnophobic Stimulus
SN - 978-989-758-353-7
AU - Brasileiro F.
AU - Taunay T.
AU - Filho J.
AU - Santana M.
AU - Bastos Â.
PY - 2019
SP - 474
EP - 480
DO - 10.5220/0007580604740480