Simple wearable device to reduce stress when delivering a speech without pre-training

Takahiro Yamane, Yuma Nakadoi, Mina Takagi, Mizuki Morita

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Abstract

Objectives: There are many occasions in modern life when people must deliver presentations in front of audiences. Most people feel nervous before and while giving a speech. If there were a simple way to ease their stress, speakers would be able to perform better and their quality of life would improve. Consequently, this study aimed to alleviate the stress of speakers giving speeches by regulating breathing using a simple device. Methods: To achieve this goal, a popular device, the Apple Watch, was chosen. Twenty-eight participants were divided into two groups: the Breathe app group and the non-Breathe app group. The Breathe app group regulated their breathing using the Breathe app installed on an Apple Watch before speech preparation. The non-Breathe app group listened to an explanation of the experiment so that they could not undertake their own stress-easing strategies. Participants prepared speeches about themselves and delivered them in front of the researcher. Results: The Breathe app exercise eased stress during the exercise itself and the preparation phase of the speech task based on participants’ cardiac activity. However, stress was not alleviated during speech delivery. Conclusions: Based on the experimental setting and results of this study, together with the findings of previous studies, introducing pre-training sessions and performing stress-easing tasks before and/or during a speech, such as sending vibrations to participants’ wearable devices, might be an effective way to reduce stress when delivering speeches immediately after the breath-regulating task.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-240
Number of pages10
JournalHealthcare Informatics Research
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Breathing exercises
  • Respiration
  • Speech
  • Wearable electronic device

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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