Nature Inspired Scenes for Guided Mindfulness Training: Presence, Perceived Restorativeness and Meditation Depth

Mark R. Costa, Dessa Bergen-Cico, Trevor Grant, Rocio Herrero, Jessica Navarro, Rachel Razza, Qiu Wang

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Abstract

Practicing mindfulness-based stress reeducation and other contemplative practices generates a number of health and human performance benefits. However, limited access to qualified training and practice support, as well as poor practice environments, makes it difficult to sustain the habits necessary to develop the attentional regulation skills needed to benefit from mindfulness. In this paper, we report on our research, which focuses on developing immersive environments to support mindfulness-based stress reduction practices. We specifically look at how the design of a virtual environment can foster a restorative experience, if that restorative experience is associated with the depth of the meditation session, and if there are associations between presence and the depth of the meditation session and the restorative properties of the virtual experience. Results show there are significant relationships between the three core concepts, suggesting future work is needed to determine if there are causal relationships exist between the presence, meditation depth, and perceived restorativeness. Understanding how the design of virtual environments may facilitate mindfulness and other contemplative practices has implications for promoting the use of the practices in a variety of contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAugmented Cognition - 13th International Conference, AC 2019, Held as Part of the 21st HCI International Conference, HCII 2019, Proceedings
EditorsDylan D. Schmorrow, Cali M. Fidopiastis
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages517-532
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783030224189
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event13th International Conference on Augmented Cognition, AC 2019, held as part of the 21st International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2019 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jul 26 2019Jul 31 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11580 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Augmented Cognition, AC 2019, held as part of the 21st International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2019
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period7/26/197/31/19

Keywords

  • Meditation
  • Mental health
  • Mindfulness
  • Presence
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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  • Activities

    • 1 Invited talk

    Using fNIRS to Measure Neural Changes associated with Mindfulness-based Training

    Dessa K Bergen-Cico (Speaker), & Mark R. Costa (Speaker)

    Oct 18 2019

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Cite this

    Costa, M. R., Bergen-Cico, D., Grant, T., Herrero, R., Navarro, J., Razza, R., & Wang, Q. (2019). Nature Inspired Scenes for Guided Mindfulness Training: Presence, Perceived Restorativeness and Meditation Depth. In D. D. Schmorrow, & C. M. Fidopiastis (Eds.), Augmented Cognition - 13th International Conference, AC 2019, Held as Part of the 21st HCI International Conference, HCII 2019, Proceedings (pp. 517-532). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 11580 LNAI). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-22419-6_37