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Peter Khooshabeh, Sudeep Gandhe, Cade McCall, Jonathan Gratch, James Blascovich, David Traum: “The effects of virtual agent humor and gaze behavior on human-virtual agent proxemics”

September 15, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland

Speaker: Peter Khooshabeh, Sudeep Gandhe, Cade McCall, Jonathan Gratch, James Blascovich, David Traum
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011)

We study whether a virtual agent that delivers humor through verbal behavior can affect an individual’s proxemic behavior towards the agent. Participants interacted with a virtual agent through natural language and, in a separate task, performed an embodied interpersonal interaction task in a virtual environment. The study used minimum distance as the dependent measure. Humor generated by the virtual agent through a text chat did not have any significant effects on the proxemic task. This is likely due to the experimental constraint of only allowing participants to interact with a disembodied agent through a textual chat dialogue.