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dc.contributor.authorCastelló, Vicente
dc.contributor.authorTraver Roig, Vicente Javier
dc.contributor.authorSerrano-Zárate, Berenice
dc.contributor.authorMontoliu Colás, Raul
dc.contributor.authorBotella, Cristina
dc.identifier.citationCastelló, V., Traver, V.J., Serrano, B. et al. Multimed Tools Appl (2017) 76: 21033.
dc.description.abstractBehavioural Avoidance Tests (BATs) are commonly used for assessing phobias. While easy to deploy, these tests have some practical difficulties. For instance, therapists have to make distance estimations that are hard to do with accuracy and objectivity; or information regarding the performance of the patients (e.g. their walking pattern) is lost. To alleviate these difficulties, a computerized tool has been developed to extract the walking pattern of patients while approaching the phobic stimulus. From a video-recorded BAT session, two visual representations have been explored to compactly summarize the patient’s behavior: a static one (an image) and a dynamic one (an animation). A proof-of-concept prototype has been tested with 23 therapists. Most of the therapists preferred the animated representation, since it provides them with a better sense of the dynamics of how the patient really behaved. The participants agreed that this tool might be useful in assisting therapist when assessing phobia through BATs, since diagnostics could be made in a more accurate and objective way.ca_CA
dc.description.sponsorShipThis work has been partly supported by Fundació Caixa-Castelló (through grant P1-1A2010-11) and Generalitat Valenciana (through grant PROMETEOII2014062).ca_CA
dc.format.extent17 p.ca_CA
dc.relation.isPartOfMultimed Tools Appl (2017) 76ca_CA
dc.rights© 2016 Springer International Publishing AG. Part of Springer Nature.ca_CA
dc.subjectSmall-animal phobiaca_CA
dc.subjectComputer visionca_CA
dc.subjectVisual representationsca_CA
dc.subjectClinical diagnosticsca_CA
dc.titleAssisting therapists in assessing small animal phobias by computer analysis of video-recorded sessionsca_CA

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