Healthy avatars, healthy people: Care engagement through the shared experience of virtual worlds

Alice Chirico, Stefano Triberti, Stefano Triberti

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Recent literature shows that new technologies can be used to promote patient engagement. The present contribution focuses on Virtual Worlds (VWs), namely virtual environments that multiple users can experience together thanks to the use of avatars. Indeed, VWs offer interesting opportunities for patient engagement interventions on two levels. On the individual level, customized avatars are known to have relationships with users' inner experience and Self-conception, so that they may constitute a peculiar additional tool for psychological assessment. Moreover, they are able to promote healthy behaviors thanks to a strong vicarious reinforcement (Proteus effect). On the collective level, VWs constitute an ideal platform to support the emergence of collective flow states (Networked Flow) which are related to the patients' creative activity and well-being. The present contribution deepens these phenomena, presenting VWs as an innovative and interesting tool for the patient engagement interventions of the future.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteVirtual and Augmented Reality: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Numero di pagine22
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2018


  • avatar
  • virtual reality


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