AromaCue - A scent toolkit to cope with stress using the 4-7-8 breathing method

Zilan Lin, Kai Kunze, Atsuro Ueki, Masa Inakage

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Abstract

In this paper, we present AromaCue, an initial design for a scent-based toolkit to cope with stressful situations using scent conditioning. The AromaCue toolkit consists of two parts: A breath training device using multiple stimuli and a wearable scent-emitting device (with a stress ball as an activator). Scent can trigger emotional memories. In the initial design, we utilized the properties of various scents as retrieval cues for consciousness breathing. In a comparative experiment, eight participants showed a significant heart rate decrease several minutes after a stressor (the Stroop test) when a scent cue was present, but not without it. One week of user study revealed significant improvement on Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21) scores. Therefore, AromaCue can help users to cope with stress.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEI 2020 - Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages266-272
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450361071
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Feb 6
Event14th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2020 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2020 Feb 92020 Feb 12

Publication series

NameTEI 2020 - Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2020
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period20/2/920/2/12

Keywords

  • Scent conditioning
  • Scent-Assisted learning
  • Scent-based notification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Lin, Z., Kunze, K., Ueki, A., & Inakage, M. (2020). AromaCue - A scent toolkit to cope with stress using the 4-7-8 breathing method. In TEI 2020 - Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (pp. 266-272). (TEI 2020 - Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3374920.3374940