Group Project
Applied Psychology / Year 3

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Ian Watkins

Ian Watkins

Applied Psychology

Year 3

Katie O'Sullivan

Katie O'Sullivan

Applied Psychology

Year 3

Susan O'Donovan

Susan O'Donovan

Applied Psychology

Year 3

Rob McLoughlin

Rob McLoughlin

Applied Psychology

Year 3

  • Project Title Recoup: Taking Back Your Breath
  • Course BSc [Hons] Applied Psychology
  • Year 3
  • Contact Info ianwatkins95@gmail.com
    n00143236@student.iadt.ie
    n00143692@student.iadt.ie
    robbiemcloughlin@gmail.com

Recoup: Taking Back Your Breath

This application employs psychological research in an effort to assist a person in times of panic or stress through an easy-to-use, smartphone and tablet interface.

Project Description

Recoup is an application which aims to assist an individual who is experiencing a panic attack or symptoms of stress. Some of the symptoms of a panic attack can include: Increased breathing rate, increased heart rate, feelings of dread, and shortness of breath (Birch, 2015). Recoup attempts to combat these symptoms with specific functions which have been incorporated into the application. The home screen displays an animation, which one can synchronise their breathing to. This can aid in an individual’s attempt to regulate their breathing while experiencing a panic attack. Recoup also provides the option to add music. The song chosen for this function is ‘Weightless’ by Marconi Union due to its relaxation properties, which can slow down an individual’s heart rate (Agrawal, Makhijani, & Valentini, 2013). According to the cognitive model of panic attacks, the etiology of panic attacks are misinterpretations of bodily sensations (Clarke, 1985). Recoup incorporates positive affirmations to replace the catastrophic thoughts, which leads to these misinterpretations. This application also has a journal section, in which the user can enter the date, duration, category, and comments regarding their panic attacks. This can assist them in recognising and understanding their panic attacks (Anthony & McCabe, 2004). The application has been developed using HTML, CSS (SASS) and JavaScript, employing responsive design to maximise cross-platform use. The researchers used a SCRUM-like iterative workflow to create and test features from personas, which were based on the research. The project employed Git for version control, and is hosted on GitHub. User preferences, like themes and positive affirmations are saved in HTML 5’s local storage.

Project Findings

Specialists have commented on the application’s ability to help sufferers; “Recoup would be very helpful for somebody who is experiencing a panic attack. The ability to sync your breathing in this app is a very useful tool to help get a panic attack under control.” (Carmel Lehane, Psychotherapist).

Group Project
Applied Psychology / Year 3