Sin-hwa Kang, Jonathan Gratch: “Interactants’ Most Intimate Self-Disclosure in Interactions with Virtual Humans”

September 15, 2009 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Speaker: Sin-hwa Kang, Jonathan Gratch
Host: 9th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

This study explored the effect of the combination of visual fidelity of a virtual human and interactants’ anticipated future interaction on self-disclosure in emotionally engaged and synchronous communication. The preliminary results were compared between interactions with embodied virtual agents and with real humans. We par-ticularly aimed at investigating ways to allow interactants’ intimate self-disclosure while securing their anonymity, even with minimal cues of an embodied virtual agent, when interactants anticipate their future interaction with interaction partners. The results of preliminary data analysis showed that interactants revealed intimate information about their most common sexual fantasy when they had anticipated future interaction with their interaction partners.