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An interactive 3D virtual environment to reduce the public speaking anxiety levels of novice software engineers
Nazligul, Merve Denizci; Yilmaz, Murat; Gulec, Ulaş; Yılmaz, Adviye Esin; Isler, Veysi; O'Connor, Rory; Gozcu, M.A.; Clarke, Paul
Software engineering is a set of activities that relies no only on technical tasks but also requires abilities focused on social duties such as daily meetings and product introduction presentations. However, engineers may experience elevated levels of anxiety when required to present their work in an unfamiliar environment. More specifically, they may suffer from public speaking anxiety even though they are supposed to be effective in those social tasks as well as in their engineering activities. Fortunately, previous studies suggest that virtual exposure therapy is an effective strategy to reduce public speaking anxiety. In this study, an interactive 3D virtual environment similar to real classrooms and auditoriums was developed to examine if this might decrease the anxiety levels of novice software engineers. To compare traditional and virtual exposure therapy, the sample set (N = 14) was divided equally into 2 groups including one experimental group and one control group. For 4 weeks, the virtual exposure therapy was conducted in the experimental group whereas psychoeducation was used in the control group. The findings from our study illustrate that virtual exposure therapy may be represent an alternative solution to the traditional therapeutic intervention for software engineers seeking to overcome public presentation anxiety
Keyword(s): Software engineering
Publication Date:
2018
Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Publisher(s): IET
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://doras.dcu.ie/22589/,
http://doi.org/10.1049/iet-sen.2018.5140
First Indexed: 2018-08-28 06:08:30 Last Updated: 2018-08-29 06:08:00