A Biofeedback Dashboard for the Emotional Self-regulation of People with Autism during the Use of Virtual Reality-based Training Systems


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.


Alejandro Reyes
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

Cathia Papi

Menard Alexandre

Rency Inson Michel

Julie Ruel

Sylvain Letscher

Isabelle Feillou

Claude Vincent

Jocelyne Kiss
Associate Professor, Design, Laval University, Quebec, Canada


Presentation Type

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


2023 Special Focus—New Agendas for Design: Principles of Scale, Practices of Inclusion


Biofeedback, Autism, Virtual, Reality, Physiological, Affective, Self-regulation

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