ZenVR: Teaching Meditation in Virtual Reality

Dr. Rosa Arriaga
Matt Golino, Rachel Feinberg

Meditation has entered the digital sphere through apps, podcasts, and online videos. There have been some attempts to use virtual reality (VR), but these have focused on single session experiences. We took a user-centered approach to design and implement a VR system to teach people meditation and equip them with skills that can be used beyond the virtual environment. Our research focused on understanding how beginners learn meditation and how their needs could be met in VR. We used this data to create a multi-lesson VR meditation prototype which we then evaluated in a longitudinal lab-based deployment.


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