Calm Down – Exploiting Sensorimotor Entrainment in Breathing Regulation Application

  • Antti Pirhonen
  • Kai Tuuri
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6851)


Various phenomena in human life are related to different kinds of rhythms. Not only are our bodily functions based on rhythms, but also much of the interaction with our environment is related to them. In this study, we explore breathing regulation and how it could be supported with an interactive application. The application is based on the concept of entrainment, in which two interacting entities adjust to a common rhythm. The focus is in the design of interaction elements which support entrainment process. A user study of a prototype application is also reported in the paper. The results indicate that the approach is promising and has potential in opening new perspectives to human-computer interaction.


breathing regulation entrainment multimodal interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antti Pirhonen
    • 1
  • Kai Tuuri
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Information SystemsUniversity of JyväskyläFinland

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