TANGAEON: Tangible Interaction to Support People in a Mindfulness Practice

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TANGAEON : Tangible Interaction to Support People in a Mindfulness Practice. / Vianello, Andrea; Chittaro, Luca; Matassa, Assunta.

In: International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 10.09.2018, p. 1-16.

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title = "TANGAEON: Tangible Interaction to Support People in a Mindfulness Practice",
abstract = "Recently, Tangible and Embodied Interaction (TEI) approaches to support people in mindfulness practices have been proposed in the literature, but they have scarcely explored the use of real natural elements in the interaction. In this article, we first present TANGAEON, a TEI system that augments the AEON mindfulness mobile app with an interactive, water-filled glass container. Second, we evaluate TANGAEON by contrasting it with two traditional mindfulness techniques and with AEON. TANGAEON obtained better results in terms of achieved mindfulness, perceived level of difficulty, and degree of pleasantness than the two traditional techniques. Moreover, considering all techniques, participants achieved the highest level of mindfulness with TANGAEON, and rated it as the most pleasant and preferred approach to practice. These results suggest that the use of TEI based on a natural element can offer a novel and effective way to help people approach and practice mindfulness, and to augment existing mindfulness apps.",
author = "Andrea Vianello and Luca Chittaro and Assunta Matassa",
year = "2018",
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