Effects of Virtual Human Presence on Task Performance

  title={Effects of Virtual Human Presence on Task Performance},
  author={Catherine A. Zanbaka and Amy Catherine Ulinski and Paula Goolkasian and Larry F. Hodges},
Do people respond to a virtual human in the same way they would to a real human? To answer this question, we designed a study which replicates a classical test of human-human social interaction. Particularly, we chose to replicate the social facilitation/social inhibition effects. Social facilitation/inhibition theory simply states that when in the presence of others, people perform learned tasks better and novel tasks worse. Participants first learned a task and were then randomly assigned to… CONTINUE READING
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