Social VR for Socially Isolated Adolescents with Significant Illnesses
Mon 21 Nov 2022 19:22 - 19:35 at Rutherford House Mezzanine - Posters, Demos, Doctoral Symposium Evening Session Chair(s): Rachel Blagojevic, Steven Houben, Rafael Kuffner, Jason Leigh, Can Liu, Daniel Medeiros, Aaron J. Quigley, Anne Roudaut
Adolescents with significant illnesses face various psychosocial and mental wellbeing challenges during hospitalisation. Social isolation from family and peers is identified as a significant concern for this group. Several digital interventions have been proposed to connect these young people with others, such as video conferencing, social media, social robots, and online games. Research so far has found those to be beneficial for adolescents’ wellbeing. Social VR is a relatively novel social interaction mechanism that allows users to interact socially within an immersive 3D virtual environment with embodiment experience. Game-play is generally identified as a motivational factor in user engagement. Therefore, applying gamification into social VR space would encourage and motivate socially isolated adolescents to engage socially. The main goal of this research project is to enhance the social engagement of socially isolated adolescents by fostering positive interactions with their peers. We expect to discover if engaging with the intervention will decrease problems associated with social isolation.
I am a doctoral student at the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Willington, New Zealand. My research interests are in Human-Computer Interaction, Serious Games, and Gamification, specifically in the domain of health. I am keen to work with real-world problems by applying computer technology through user experience design. Currently, I am researching “How I can use Social VR to improve the social engagement of prolonged hospitalised adolescents with significant illnesses, particularly cancer”.
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