Virtual human personality masks: A human computation approach to modeling verbal personalities in virtual humans

Conference Paper

Modeling virtual humans that can exhibit realistic personalities is becoming increasingly important as virtual humans are being widely used for inter-personal skills education. We present Virtual Human Personality Masks, a system that combines human computation with the idea of using existing virtual humans to bootstrap the creation of other virtual humans to enable quick and easy generation of perceivable verbal personalities in virtual humans. To evaluate this system, we created high and low verbosity-level variants of a virtual patient with symptoms of depression and conducted a user study with medical students split between two groups, each interacting with one of the two variants of the virtual patient. The participants' perceived verbosity levels of the virtual patients indicated that not only did the virtual patients created using our system exhibit the intended personality in a perceivable manner, but also exhibited other related personality attributes in a manner that is consistent with the human personality theory analogs of verbosity. © 2012 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Krishnan, V; Foster, A; Kopper, R; Lok, B

Published Date

  • October 22, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7502 LNAI /

Start / End Page

  • 146 - 152

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1611-3349

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0302-9743

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9783642331961

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-3-642-33197-8-15

Citation Source

  • Scopus