The integration and training processes in a new job is challenging for individuals with autism. To assist them in these processes, virtual reality-based interview and task training tools have been devised. However, existing solutions are limited in the degree to which they can simulate a realistic environment and collect user performance data to provide feedback to improve the professional outcome of this population. To address these technological and conceptual limitations and understand how to create effective coaching and training tools, we have designed a feedback dashboard that combines virtual reality and wearable technology in one integrated platform. Our design emphasizes an immersive user experience for training effectiveness and uses physiological sensors to provide affective biofeedback. Real-time representation of biomarkers includes neurofeedback signals such as attention and stress levels, and the biofeedback signal of respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA), or heart rate variability in synchrony with respiration; a characteristic biomarker of processes related to emotion regulation in individuals with autism. We report the results of a usability study in which participants evaluated the feedback dashboard for feasibility, usability, and perceived usefulness.
Student, PhD Candidate, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada Dominique Michaud
Student, Student Doctorate, Laval University, Canada Jonathan Proulx Guimond
Student, Design, Université Laval , Quebec, Canada Valery Psyche
Rency Inson Michel
Associate Professor, Design, Laval University, Quebec, Canada
Biofeedback, Autism, Virtual, Reality, Physiological, Affective, Self-regulation