Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
School of Computing
Dr. Eric Patterson, Committee Chair
Dr. Victor Zordan
Professor David Donar
Professor Insun Kwon
The World Health Organization calls stress the health epidemic of the twenty-ﬁrst century . Finding ways to manage stress – not just for our own health, but also for the health of our communities and children – is one of our most signiﬁcant challenges for wellness. Virtual-reality (VR) therapy is the use of stimulated, interactive, and immersive environments as a tool for physical and psychological healthcare applications . VR therapy and mindfulness practices have both been shown to alleviate stress and anxiety. The mobile application detailed here attempts to aid in stress reduction using virtual-reality therapy by immersing the user in a calming VR environment to encourage mindfulness in nature. It is my hope that the use of this mobile application will provide users with a sacred space from which they can escape from day-to-day stressors.
Smoak, Amanda Caroline, "Sanctuary: A Virtual-Reality, Immersive-Environment Mobile Application to Promote Mindfulness, Meditation, and Relaxation" (2018). All Theses. 3016.