Volume 10 - Summer 2012


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface v

Brenda K. Wiederhold and Giuseppe Riva



Editorial


Guided Internet Treatment for Anxiety Disorders. As Effective as Face-To-Face Therapies? 3

Gerhard Andersson


Inter-Reality in the Evaluation and Treatment of Psychological Stress Disorders: The INTERSTRESS Project 8

Pietro Cipresso, Andrea Gaggioli, Silvia Serino, Simona Raspelli, Cinzia Vigna, Federica Pallavicini and Giuseppe Riva


Modeling the Social Networking Experience Objectifying the Subjective 12

Pietro Cipresso, Silvia Serino, Andrea Gaggioli and Giuseppe Riva


The Use of Virtual Reality in the Treatment of Eating Disorders 17

Marta Ferrer-García and José Gutiérrez-Maldonado


Lessons Learned from the Development of Technological Support for PTSD Prevention: A Review 22

Vanessa Vakili, Willem-Paul Brinkman and Mark A. Neerincx


Virtual Worlds and Avatars as the New Frontier of Telehealth Care 27

J. Morie, E. Haynes, E. Chance and D. Purohit


Adapting Computerized Treatments into Traditional Psychotherapy for Depression 32

James Overholser


What Is Positive Technology and Its Impact on CyberPsychology 37

Giuseppe Riva


Human Computer Confluence Applied in Healthcare and Rehabilitation 42

Isabelle Viaud-Delmon, Andrea Gaggioli, Alois Ferscha and Stephen Dunne


A Brief Review of Positive Technology in Europe and the USA 46

Brenda Wiederhold



Evaluations Studies


Promotion of Emotional Wellbeing in Oncology Inpatients Using VR 53

Macarena Espinoza, Rosa M. Baños, Azucena García-Palacios, José M. Cervera, Gaspar Esquerdo, Enrique Barrajón and Cristina Botella


Mobilizing Bystanders of Cyberbullying: An Exploratory Study into Behavioural Determinants of Defending the Victim 58

Ann Desmet, Sara Bastiaensens, Katrien Van Cleemput, Karolien Poels, Heidi Vandebosch and Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij


Influence of Parental Attitudes Towards Internet Use on the Employment of Online Safety Measures at Home 64

Georgios Floros, Konstantinos Siomos, Evaggelia Dafouli, Virginia Fisoun and Dimitrios Geroukalis


Outcomes from a Pilot Study Using Computer-Based Rehabilitative Tools in a Military Population 71

Katherine W. Sullivan, Julia E. Quinn, Michael Pramuka, Laura A. Sharkey and Louis M. French


Nicotine Craving: ERPs Correlates After VR Exposure to Smoking Cues 78

Pedro Gamito, Jorge Oliveira, André Baptista, Diogo Morais, Paulo Lopes, Tomaz Saraiva, Pedro Rosa, Nuno Santos, Fábio Soares, Catarina Sottomayor and Filipa Barata


Reliability and Validity of TIPS Wireless ECG Prototypes 83

Alejandro Rodríguez, Jaime Guixeres, Beatriz Rey and Mariano Alcañiz


Associations Between Facial Emotion Recognition, Cognition and Alexithymia in Patients with Schizophrenia: Comparison of Photographic and Virtual Reality Presentations 88

J. Gutiérrez-Maldonado, M. Rus-Calafell, S. Márquez-Rejón and J. Ribas-Sabaté


Postural Control of Elderly: Moving to Predictable and Unpredictable Targets 93

Vera Jongman, Claudine J.C. Lamoth, Helco van Keeken and Simone R. Caljouw


Assessment of Executive Functions in Patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by NeuroVR 98

Filippo La Paglia, Caterina La Cascia, Rosalinda Rizzo, Giuseppe Riva and Daniele La Barbera


Exergaming for Elderly: Effects of Different Types of Game Feedback on Performance of a Balance Task 103

Claudine J.C. Lamoth, Rolinde Alingh and Simone R. Caljouw


Balance Recovery Through Virtual Stepping Exercises Using Kinect Skeleton Tracking: A Follow-Up Study with Chronic Stroke Patients 108

Roberto Lloréns, Mariano Alcañiz, Carolina Colomer and María Dolores Navarro


Effectiveness Evaluation for Short-Term Group Pre-Deployment VR Computer-Assisted Stress Inoculation Training Provided to Polish ISAF Soldiers 113

Stanislaw Ilnicki, Brenda K. Wiederhold, Justyna Maciolek, Ludmila Kosinska, Sylwia Szymanska, Maciej Zbyszewski, Anna Siatkowska, Ewelina Opalko-Piotrkiewicz, Piotr Ilnicki, Monika Filarowska, Anna Glibowska, Dorota Borzetka, Katarzyna Pleskacz and Piotr Murawski


Using Virtual Week to Assess Prospective Memory in Younger and Older Adults 118

Giovanna Mioni, Franca Stablum and Peter G. Rendell


Smiling Is Fun: A Coping with Stress and Emotion Regulation Program 123

Cristina Botella, Adriana Mira, Azucena Garcia-Palacios, Soledad Quero, Ma. Vicenta Navarro, Antonio Riera López Del Amo, Guadalupe Molinari, Diana Castilla, Inés Moragrega, Carla Soler, Mariano Alcañiz and Rosa Maria Baños


The Effectiveness of VR Exposure Therapy for PTSD in Returning Warfighters 128

Sarah D. Miyahira, Raymond A. Folen, Hunter G. Hoffman, Azucena Garcia-Palacios, James L. Spira and Michelle Kawasaki


Bottom-Up and Top-Down Influences of Beliefs on Emotional Responses: Fear of Heights in a Virtual Environment 133

Andreas Mühlberger, Roland Neumann, Ljubica Lozo, Mathias Müller and Marc Hettinger


Implicit Theory Manipulations Affecting Efficacy of a Smartphone Application Aiding Speech Therapy for Parkinson’s Patients 138

Peter Nolan, Sherria Hoskins, Julia Johnson, Vaughan Powell, K. Ray Chaudhuri and Roger Eglin


Mindfulness Training Online for Stress Reduction, a Global Measure 143

Miguel Quintana and Oswaldo Rivera


Psychophysiologic Identification of Subthreshold PTSD in Combat Veterans 149

Michael J. Roy, Michelle Costanzo and Suzanne Leaman


On the Comparison of VR-Responses, as Performance Measures in Prospective Memory, with Auditory P300 Responses in MCI Detection 156

Ioannis Tarnanas, Nikos Laskaris and Magda Tsolaki



Original Research


Tackling Sensitive Issues Using a Game-Based Environment: Serious Game for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) 165

Katherine Brown, Sylvester Arnab, Julie Bayley, Katie Newby, Puja Joshi, Becky Judd, Alison Baxter and Samatha Clarke


Changing Heartbeat Perception to Induce Anxiety in Virtual Environments 172

Luca Chittaro


Quality of Experience in Real and Virtual Environments: Some Suggestions for the Development of Positive Technologies 177

Andrea Gaggioli


A System for Automatic Detection of Momentary Stress in Naturalistic Settings 182

Andrea Gaggioli, Giovanni Pioggia, Gennaro Tartarisco, Giovanni Baldus, Marcello Ferro, Pietro Cipresso, Silvia Serino, Andrei Popleteev, Silvia Gabrielli, Rosa Maimone and Giuseppe Riva


Immersive Virtual Environment for Visuo-Vestibular Therapy: Preliminary Results 187

J.D. Gascuel, H. Payno, S. Schmerber and O. Martin


Automatic Mechanisms for Measuring Subjective Unit of Discomfort 192

Dwi Hartanto, Ni Kang, Willem-Paul Brinkman, Isabel L. Kampmann, Nexhmedin Morina, Paul G.M. Emmelkamp and Mark A. Neerincx


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Pulse Oximeter Based Mobile Biotelemetry Application 197

Ali Hakan Isik and "nan Güler


Socially Anxious People Reveal More Personal Information with Virtual Counselors That Talk About Themselves Using Intimate Human Back Stories 202

Sin-Hwa Kang and Jonathan Gratch


Use of Internet in an Italian Clinical Sample 207

Caterina La Cascia, Filippo La Paglia, Antonio Francomano and Daniele La Barbera


Online Social Networking and the Experience of Cyber-Bullying 212

Bridianne O’Dea and Andrew Campbell


Designing Virtual Audiences for Fear of Public Speaking Training – An Observation Study on Realistic Nonverbal Behavior 218

Sandra Poeschl and Nicola Doering


Using Portable EEG Devices to Evaluate Emotional Regulation Strategies During Virtual Reality Exposure 223

Beatriz Rey, Alejandro Rodríguez and Mariano Alcañiz


Electro-Physiological Data Fusion for Stress Detection 228

Alejandro Riera, Aureli Soria-Frisch, Anton Albajes-Eizagirre, Pietro Cipresso, Carles Grau, Stephen Dunne and Giulio Ruffini


Involving Elderly Users in Design: Techniques to Collect Preferences for Interactive Digital Television 233

Anna Spagnolli, Luciano Gamberini, Francisco Ibanez, Maria Elena Fabregat, Tijana Debelic and Valeria Orso


Auditory-Visual Integration of Emotional Signals in a Virtual Environment for Cynophobia 238

Marine Taffou, Emmanuelle Chapoulie, Adrien David, Rachid Guerchouche, George Drettakis and Isabelle Viaud-Delmon


User Validation of an Empathic Virtual Buddy Against Cyberbullying 243

Janneke M. van der Zwaan, Elke Geraerts, Virginia Dignum and Catholijn M. Jonker


Virtual Representations of the Self: Engaging Teenagers in Emotional Regulation Strategies Learning 248

Maja Wrzesien, Beatriz Rey, Mariano Alcañiz, Rosa Baños, Mario Gómez Martínez, David Pérez-López, Alejandro Rodríguez Ortega, Paloma Rasal, Elena Parra Vargas and Jaime Guixeres Provinciale


Analysis of Online Social Networking Peer Health Educators 253

Sean D. Young



Clinical Observations


The Use of VR Distraction to Decrease Pain After Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery: A Case Study 263

Kattia Cabas Hoyus, Georgina Cardenas-López, Jose Gutierrez Maldonado, Ma. Fernanda Ruiz-Esquivel and Gonzalo Torres-Villalobos


PHIT for Duty, a Mobile Approach for Psychological Health Intervention 268

Paul N. Kizakevich, Robert Hubal, Janice Brown, Jennifer Lyden, James Spira, Randall Eckhoff, Yuying Zhang, Stephanie Bryant and Gilberto Munoz


An Online Emotional Regulation System to Deliver Homework Assignments for Treating Adjustment Disorders 273

Soledad Quero, Mar Molés, M. Angeles Pérez-Ara, Cristina Botella and Rosa M. Baños


Virtual Reality in the Treatment of Body Image Disturbances After Bariatric Surgery: A Clinical Case 278

Giuseppe Riva, Georgina Cárdenas-López, Ximena Duran, Gonzalo M. Torres-Villalobos and Andrea Gaggioli


Improving Social Behaviour in Schizophrenia Patients Using an Integrated Virtual Reality Programme: A Case Study 283

M. Rus-Calafell, J. Gutiérrez-Maldonado and J. Ribas-Sabaté


Real-Time Monitoring of Behavioural Parameters Related to Psychological Stress 287

Dimitris Giakoumis, Anastasios Drosou, Pietro Cipresso, Dimitrios Tzovaras, George Hassapis, Andrea Gaggioli and Giuseppe Riva


Virtual Reality for Smoking Cessation: A Case Report 292

Irene Pericot-Valverde, Olaya García-Rodríguez, Marta Ferrer-García, Roberto Secades-Villa and José Gutiérrez-Maldonado


Therapeutic Effectiveness of a Virtual Reality Game in Self-Awareness After Acquired Brain Injury 297

Roberto Lloréns, María Dolores Navarro, Mariano Alcañiz and Enrique Noé



Work in Progress


Use of a Virtual Integrated Environment in Prosthetic Limb Development and Phantom Limb Pain 305

Aimee L. Alphonso, Brett T. Monson, Michael J. Zeher, Robert S. Armiger, Sharon R. Weeks, J.M. Burck, C. Moran, R. Davoodie, G. Loeb, Paul F. Pasquina and Jack W. Tsao


EARTH of Wellbeing: A Place to Live Positive Emotions 310

Rosa Baños, Cristina Botella, Ernestina Etchemendy and Luis Farfallini


FRIEND: A Brain-Monitoring Agent for Adaptive and Assistive Systems 314

Alexis Morris and Mihaela Ulieru


A Motor Imagery Based Brain-Computer Interface for Stroke Rehabilitation 319

R. Ortner, D.-C. Irimia, J. Scharinger and C. Guger


A Robotic & Virtual Reality Orthopedic Rehabilitation System for the Forearm 324

Miguel A. Padilla-Castaneda, Edoardo Sotgiu, Antonio Frisoli and Massimo Bergamasco


Psychosocial Implications of Avatar Use in Supporting Therapy for Depression 329

Claudia Pagliari, Christopher Burton, Brian McKinstry, Aurora Szentatotai, Daniel David, Antoni Serrano Blanco, Luis Ferrini, Susanna Albertini, Joan Carlos Castro, Soraya Estevez and Maria Wolters


GameTeen: New Tools for Evaluating and Training Emotional Regulation Strategies 334

Alejandro Rodríguez, Beatriz Rey, Mariano Alcañiz, Rosa Baños, Jaime Guixeres, Maja Wrzesien, Mario Gómez, David Pérez, Paloma Rasal and Elena Parra


Innovative ICT Solutions to Improve Treatment Outcomes for Depression: The ICT4Depression Project 339

Lisanne Warmerdam, Heleen Riper, Michel Klein, Pepijn van den Ven, Artur Rocha, Mario Ricardo Henriques, Eric Tousset, Hugo Silva, Gerhard Andersson and Pim Cuijpers