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Physical vs. virtual agent embodiment and effects on social interaction

Thellman, Sam; Silvervarg, Annika; Gulz, Agneta LU and Ziemke, Tom (2016) 16th International Conference on Virtual Agents In Lecture notes in computer science, LNSC LNCS: Vol. 10011. p.412-415
Abstract
Previous work indicates that physical robots elicit more favorable social responses than virtual agents. These effects have been attributed to the physical embodiment. However, a recent meta-analysis by Li [1] suggests that the benefits of robots are due to physical presence rather than physical embodiment. To further explore the importance of presence we conducted a pilot study investigating the relationship between physical and social presence. The results suggest that social presence of an artificial agent is important for interaction with people, and that the extent to which it is perceived as socially present might be unaffected by whether it is physically or virtually present.
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Intelligent Virtual Agents
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Lecture notes in computer science, LNSC
editor
Traum, David and
volume
LNCS: Vol. 10011
pages
412 - 415
publisher
Springer Verlag
conference name
16th International Conference on Virtual Agents
conference location
Los Angeles, CA, United States
conference dates
2016-09-20 - 2016-09-23
external identifiers
  • scopus:84994479665
ISBN
978-3-319-47664-3
978-3-319-47665-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-47665-0_44
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English
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yes
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256339e2-71b2-4b69-8fbc-854a2eeb0473
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  abstract     = {Previous work indicates that physical robots elicit more favorable social responses than virtual agents. These effects have been attributed to the physical embodiment. However, a recent meta-analysis by Li [1] suggests that the benefits of robots are due to physical presence rather than physical embodiment. To further explore the importance of presence we conducted a pilot study investigating the relationship between physical and social presence. The results suggest that social presence of an artificial agent is important for interaction with people, and that the extent to which it is perceived as socially present might be unaffected by whether it is physically or virtually present.},
  author       = {Thellman, Sam and Silvervarg, Annika and Gulz, Agneta and Ziemke, Tom},
  booktitle    = {Lecture notes in computer science, LNSC},
  editor       = {Traum, David},
  isbn         = {978-3-319-47664-3},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Los Angeles, CA, United States},
  pages        = {412--415},
  publisher    = {Springer Verlag},
  title        = {Physical vs. virtual agent embodiment and effects on social interaction},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47665-0_44},
  volume       = {LNCS: Vol. 10011},
  year         = {2016},
}