Social evaluations of embodied agents and avatars

@article{Guadagno2011SocialEO,
  title={Social evaluations of embodied agents and avatars},
  author={Rosanna E. Guadagno and Kimberly R. Swinth and Jim Blascovich},
  journal={Computers in Human Behavior},
  year={2011},
  volume={27},
  pages={2380-2385}
}
The purpose of this study was to examine social evaluations (i.e., perceptions of empathy and positivity) following peoples' interactions with digital human representations. Female research participants engaged in a 3-min interaction while immersed in a 3-D immersive virtual environment with a ''peer counselor.'' Participants were led to believe that the peer counselor was either an embodied agent (i.e., computer algorithm) or an avatar (i.e., another person). During the interaction, the peer… CONTINUE READING
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