We are thrilled to commemorate the pivotal role we played in supporting Amy Cawley‘s groundbreaking research paper, which delves into the realm of VR Mindfulness with SpiritVR. Amy’s dedication and meticulous approach resulted in a comprehensive study with truly remarkable findings. Her dissertation paper has been published by the university!

In her research, Amy discovered that VR mindfulness stands out as a unique intervention, demonstrating a significant increase in overall well-being. Notably, both VR and traditional colouring activities were effective in reducing stress levels, with VR showcasing the largest reduction in heart rate, although the statistical significance compared to the baseline was not fully established. The study indicates that all three conditions—VR mindfulness, audio mindfulness, and colouring—were perceived as highly engaging by participants, with VR mindfulness receiving the highest scores and audio mindfulness the lowest.

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In Amy’s study, she found that:

VR Mindfulness Impact:

    • The study provides empirical evidence that a single, brief session of Virtual Reality (VR) mindfulness has a significant, short-term positive impact on subjective psychological well-being.
    • It also indicates a noticeable reduction in perceived stress levels immediately following the VR mindfulness session.

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Physiological Response (Heart Rate – HR):

    • The study suggests a potential reduction in heart rate (HR) in the short term after the VR mindfulness session. This implies that engaging in VR mindfulness might have a calming effect on the body.

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Comparison with Audio Mindfulness:

    • In contrast to VR, another common form of mindfulness delivery – the audio format – shows low to negligible results. This suggests that, at least in the short term, VR mindfulness may be more effective than audio mindfulness in enhancing well-being and reducing stress.

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Colouring Activity Impact:

    • The study also explores the impact of a colouring activity, which is often associated with mindfulness practices.
    • Results reveal an irregular pattern, including a short-term increase in heart rate associated with colouring. This suggests that the effects of colouring activities on well-being and physiological responses may be less consistent compared to VR mindfulness.

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In summary, the study shows the immediate positive effects of a brief VR mindfulness session on mental well-being and stress reduction. It highlights the potential of VR over audio formats for delivering mindfulness interventions in the short term. Her research can help guide future research in tailoring mindfulness practices to individual preferences and needs.

Amy’s work has left an indelible mark on our understanding of how immersive experiences, particularly virtual reality, can have a profound impact on mental health and well-being. The findings suggest that incorporating VR mindfulness into university mental health services can be a game changer. The positive results of Amy’s research highlight the potential of innovative and immersive technologies to improve mental health support systems.

Congratulations to Amy on her impactful research! We look forward to seeing how her findings contribute to the broader conversation on the role of VR in fostering well-being and mental health.


For a deeper exploration of her findings, you can access Amy’s dissertation here: Brief Virtual Reality Mindfulness is More Effective than Audio Mindfulness and Colouring in Reducing Stress in University Students

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