Using Virtual Interactive Training Agents (VITA) with Adults with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities (bibtex)
by T. Bresnahan, A. Rizzo, S.L. Burke, M. Partin, R.M. Ahlness, M. Trimmer
Abstract:
Conversational Virtual Human (VH) agents are increasingly being used to support role-play experiential learning across a range of use-cases and populations. This project examined whether use of the Virtual Interactive Training Agent (VITA) system would improve job interviewing skills in a sample of persons with autism or other developmental disability. The study examined performance differences between baseline and final interviews in face-to-face and virtual reality conditions, and whether statistically significant increases were demonstrated between interviewing conditions. Paired samples t-tests were utilized to examine mean changes in performance by interview stage and in the overall difference between baseline and final interview stages. The preliminary results indicated that VITA is a positive factor when preparing young adults with autism or other developmental disability for employment interviews. Statistically significant results were demonstrated across all pilot conditions and in all but one post-assessment condition.
Reference:
Using Virtual Interactive Training Agents (VITA) with Adults with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities (T. Bresnahan, A. Rizzo, S.L. Burke, M. Partin, R.M. Ahlness, M. Trimmer), In Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality, and Associated Technology, ICDVRAT and the University of Reading, 2016.
Bibtex Entry:
@inproceedings{bresnahan_using_2016,
	address = {Los Angeles, CA},
	title = {Using {Virtual} {Interactive} {Training} {Agents} ({VITA}) with {Adults} with {Autism} and other {Developmental} {Disabilities}},
	isbn = {978-0-7049-1547-3},
	url = {http://www.icdvrat.org/2016/papers/ICDVRAT2016_S02N2_Bresnahan_etal.pdf},
	abstract = {Conversational Virtual Human (VH) agents are increasingly being used to support role-play experiential learning across a range of use-cases and populations. This project examined whether use of the Virtual Interactive Training Agent (VITA) system would improve job interviewing skills in a sample of persons with autism or other developmental disability. The study examined performance differences between baseline and final interviews in face-to-face and virtual reality conditions, and whether statistically significant increases were demonstrated between interviewing conditions. Paired samples t-tests were utilized to examine mean changes in performance by interview stage and in the overall difference between baseline and final interview stages. The preliminary results indicated that VITA is a positive factor when preparing young adults with autism or other developmental disability for employment interviews. Statistically significant results were demonstrated across all pilot conditions and in all but one post-assessment condition.},
	booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2016 {International} {Conference} on {Disability}, {Virtual} {Reality}, and {Associated} {Technology}},
	publisher = {ICDVRAT and the University of Reading},
	author = {Bresnahan, T. and Rizzo, A. and Burke, S.L. and Partin, M. and Ahlness, R.M. and Trimmer, M.},
	month = sep,
	year = {2016},
	keywords = {MedVR, Virtual Humans},
	pages = {49--56}
}
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