Most interventions in mental healthcare aimed at emotion, self, stress or aggression regulation emphasize the importance of being able to feel your own physiological state (e.g. current heart rate). To some (limited) extent biofeedback is already used for this, but when it is offered it occurs at a table in a static controlled environment. Unfortunately, the challenges of life come unexpectedly, away from a safe environment and often require a direct, adequate response. For these situations people should also remember to take into account their bodily state when they are reacting. However, who knows the state of their own autonomic nervous system in a challenging emotional situation (e.g. your child is going into a tantrum)? In this presentation I will introduce the Sense-IT platform, which has been developed together with patients with Borderline Personality Disorder, and allows for continuous, personalized heart rate biofeedback (corrected for movement) on any Android smartwatch. This platform will be explained and some of the projects in mental healthcare (surrounding emotion and aggression regulation) in which the Sense-IT will be integrated will be highlighted.
4 Oct 2018
Symposium Enabling Technology for Active Life and Better Health 2018