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Sin-hwa Kang, Candy Sidner, Jonathan Gratch, Ron Artstein, Lixing Huang, Louis-Philippe Morency: “Modeling Nonverbal Behavior of a Virtual Counselor during Intimate Self-Disclosure”

September 15, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland

Speaker: Sin-hwa Kang, Candy Sidner, Jonathan Gratch, Ron Artstein, Lixing Huang, Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011)

Humans often share personal information with others in order to create social connec-tions. Sharing personal information is especially important in counseling interactions [2]. Research studying the relationship between intimate self-disclosure and human behavior critically informs the development of virtual agents that create rapport with human interaction partners. One significant example of this application is using virtu-al agents as counselors in psychotherapeutic situations. The capability of expressing different intimacy levels is key to a successful virtual counselor to reciprocally induce disclosure in clients. Nonverbal behavior is considered critical for indicating intimacy and is important when designing a social virtual agent such as a counselor. One key research question is how to properly express intimate self-disclosure. In this study, our main goal is to find what types of interviewees’ nonverbal behavior is associated with different intimacy levels of verbal self-disclosure. Thus, we investigated hu-mans’ nonverbal behavior associated to self-disclosure during interview setting (with intimate topics).