An Experiment on Public Speaking Anxiety in Response to Three Different Types of Virtual Audience

  title={An Experiment on Public Speaking Anxiety in Response to Three Different Types of Virtual Audience},
  author={David-Paul Pertaub and Mel Slater and Chris Barker},
  journal={Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments},
This paper describes an experiment to assess the anxiety responses of people giving 5 min. presentations to virtual audiences consisting of eight male avatars. There were three different types of audience behavior: an emotionally neutral audience that remained static throughout the talk, a positive audience that exhibited friendly and appreciative behavior towards the speaker, and a negative audience that exhibited hostile and bored expressions throughout the talk. A second factor was immersion… CONTINUE READING
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