Sin-hwa Kang, Jonathan Gratch, James H. Watt: “The Effect of Affective Iconic Realism on Anonymous Interactants’ Self-Disclosure”

April 5, 2009 | Boston, MA

Speaker: Sin-hwa Kang, Jonathan Gratch, James H. Watt
Host: 27th ACM Computer-Human Interaction Conference

In this paper, we describe progress in research designed to explore the effect of the combination of avatars’ visual fidelity and users’ anticipated future interaction on self-disclosure in emotionally engaged and synchronous communication. We particularly aim at exploring ways to allow users’ self-disclosure while securing their anonymity, even with minimal cues of a virtual human, when users anticipate future interaction. The research investigates users’ self-disclosure through measuring their behaviors and feelings of social presence in several dimensions.