Кseniya V. Ekshova. Prospects for virtual animal therapy for coping stress and increasing the working efficiency
Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia
Abstract: In the modern world with its rapid life tempo, people are increasingly exposed to stress, suffer from depression, chronic fatigue and anxiety, which affects the quality of life and eventually leads to more serious diseases. In this situation, there is a need to search for new effective but simple ways to combat these negative states. Animal-assisted therapy is widely recognized and has proven its high efficiency in fighting the stress according to international studies. We conducted a study using physiological methods to examine the potential of a virtual approach by example of images being used in animal-assisted therapy to improve the emotional state of a person.
Keywords: animal-assisted therapy, stress, working efficiency, emotional state, physiological methods.