Applied human informatics (AHI)
Open Journal of the Academy of Human Informatics (ISSN 2433-2372)

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Stress Reduction Effect in Female Managers of a Self-Guided Mental Healthcare VR Content for Smartphone Based on the SAT Counseling Technique: A Psychological Scale and Heart Rate Variability Analysis
Atsuko Matsumoto1),3), Takeshi Kamita2),3), Tsunetsugu Munakata4), Makoto Komazawa5),6), Kenichi Itao5), Tomoo Inoue2)
1) Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Science, University of Tsukuba, Kasuga 1-2, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8550, Japan
2) Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba, Kasuga 1-2, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8550, Japan
3) Mindset Research Inc., Nibancho 9-3 The base Kojimachi, Chiyoda Tokyo, Japan, 102-0084
4) SDS Corporation, minamiyawata 4-12-5-801, Ichikawa, Chiba, 272-0023, Japan
5) WINFrontier Co., Ltd., Higashiazabu 2-6-5 Tatoru bld. 2F EAST, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0044, Japan
6) Functional Control Systems Course, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-9-14 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8548 Japan
Received: Nov. 19 2018; Revised: Jan. 16 2019; Accepted: Feb. 12 2019
Keywords: SAT method, smartphone VR, self- mental care, heart rate variability analysis, female manager
Prior to this study, we digitized the counseling technique SAT (Structured Association Technique) method used in industrial clinics and developed a self-mental care course (SAT-VR method) for smartphones and VR, and confirmed its efficacy and safety. The SAT-VR method uses images such as light, color, and shape to change the physical discomfort of the stressful scene to a sensation of good physical comfort, and to relax body tension. In this study, female managers who were more likely to have somatic complaints and fatigue as stress reactions were examined for stress reduction using subjective indices and heart rate variability before and after the implementation of the SAT-VR method. After implementation, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, need for counseling, and emotional support network significantly improved, and immediately after implementation, significant instantaneous heart rate decline, increased parasympathetic activity (HF) and total power (LF+HF), and a tendency to relax were confirmed.
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