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Jonathan Gratch, Anna Okhmatovskaia, Francois Lamothe, Stacy Marsella, Mattheiu Morales, Jan van der Werf, Louis-Philippe Morency: “Virtual Rapport”

August 21, 2006 | USC ICT

Speaker: Jonathan Gratch, Anna Okhmatovskaia, Francois Lamothe, Stacy Marsella, Mattheiu Morales, Jan van der Werf, Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: 6th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 06)

Effective face-to-face conversations are highly interactive. Participants respond to each other, engaging in nonconscious behavioral mimicry and backchanneling feedback. Such behaviors produce a subjective sense of rapport and are correlated with effective communication, greater liking and trust, and greater influence between participants. Creating rapport requires a tight sense-act loop that has been traditionally lacking in embodied conversational agents. Here we describe a system, based on psycholinguistic theory, designed to create a sense of rapport between a human speaker and virtual human listener. We provide empirical evidence that it increases speaker fluency and engagement.