Renoir in VR: Comparing the Relaxation from Artworks Inside and Outside of Virtual Reality

Johan Winther Kristensen, Lasse Lodberg Aafeldt, Peter Kejser Jensen, Rebecca Pipaluk Vinther, Hendrik Knoche

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Looking at artworks, experiencing nature, and being in vir- tual reality (VR) environments can relax people. We tested if the relax- ation from viewing art and nature images with music for ten minutes while sitting in a recliner chair in a VR setup is different from experi- encing the same content on a TV screen. Participants experienced this relaxation intervention after having finished a Montreal Imaging Stress Test. All tested conditions relaxed people but we found no significant differences between them from neither subjective nor objective measures in a between subjects study. However, trends in subjective and HRV measures pointed towards VR being more relaxing than TV.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractivity, Game Creation, Design, Learning, and Innovation : 8th EAI International Conference, ArtsIT 2019, and 4th EAI International Conference, DLI 2019, Aalborg, Denmark, November 6–8, 2019, Proceedings
EditorsAnthony Brooks, Eva Irene Brooks
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationAalborg
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-53293-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-53294-9
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event8th EAI International Conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation - Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 6 Nov 20198 Nov 2019
Conference number: 8


Conference8th EAI International Conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation
LocationAalborg University
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering


  • Heart rate
  • Relaxation
  • Relaxation rating scale
  • Stress
  • Virtual reality
  • Visual distractions


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