Polysensorial processes : Olfaction- hearing - Vision
DIGITAL FOREST VR
1st Step Study for VR System for Alzheimer Patients
Shinrin-yoku is a japanese nature therapy based on outdoor natural environment feeling, phytoncide smells, sounds hearing which are close to natural ones.
We have reproduced as part of this project a Virtual Forest bath using polysensory environment using 3D images rendering a digital forest, sounds of the forest and smells known for their phytoncides (Cedar) and could help the Alzheimer patient to live an experience similar to a walk in the forest with its usual benefits(Li, 2010). Our hypothesis was : Could a walk into a virtual forest reduce stress (Park, 2010), patient anxiety levels, improve patient’s creativity and brain function(Atchley, 2012) , as well as cardiovascular and metabolic improvements like a real one ?
The schema below represent the simulation process we used to produce an alternate reality of that mimic a polysensorial bath :
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Li Q. (2010)Effect of forest bathing trips on human immune function. Environ Health Prev Med. 2010 Jan;15(1):9-17. doi: 10.1007/s12199-008-0068-3. PMID: 19568839; PMCID: PMC2793341.
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