It's Me: VR-based Journaling for Improved Cognitive Self-Regulation

Yixin Wang, Yun Suen Pai, Kouta Minamizawa

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Journaling is a well-known evidence-based strategy for practicing better self-regulation and self-awareness in daily life. It is also an effective way for reducing the effects of negative emotions like anxiety and depression. We explore the combination of virtual reality (VR) and a body-tracking mirror as a cognitive activity in the form of VR journaling. VR-based journaling aims to build cognitive reappraisal, self-reflection, and autonomic emotion regulation in a sustainable way. The user performs in front of the mirror, using body-tracking to help them keep a daily journal. Considering that looking into the mirror is already a daily habit for most people, it does not require the users to form a new habit when trying to do journaling. Furthermore, it activates creativity by encouraging the user to use their body language as a story-telling tool.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - SIGGRAPH Asia 2022 Posters
EditorsStephen N. Spencer
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450394628
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec 26
EventSIGGRAPH Asia 2022 - Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques Conference - Asia, SA 2022 - Daegu, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2022 Dec 62022 Dec 9

Publication series

NameProceedings - SIGGRAPH Asia 2022 Posters


ConferenceSIGGRAPH Asia 2022 - Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques Conference - Asia, SA 2022
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Avatar
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Empathy
  • Journaling
  • Mood
  • Reflection
  • Virtual Reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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