Increasing agent physicality to raise social presence and elicit realistic behavior


Conference Paper

The concepts of immersion and presence focus on the environment in a virtual environment. We instead focus on embodied conversational agents (ECAs). ECAs occupy the virtual environment as interactive partners. We propose that the ECA analogues of immersion and presence are physicality and social presence. We performed a study to determine the effect of an ECA's physicality on social presence and eliciting realistic behavior from the user. The results showed that increasing physicality can elicit realistic behavior and increase social presence but there was also an interaction effect with plausibility. © 2012 IEEE.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chuah, JH; Robb, A; White, C; Wendling, A; Lampotang, S; Kopper, R; Lok, B

Published Date

  • May 14, 2012

Published In

  • Proceedings Ieee Virtual Reality

Start / End Page

  • 19 - 22

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781467312462

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/VR.2012.6180871

Citation Source

  • Scopus