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Huisman, G. and Kolkmeier, J. and Heylen, D.K.J. (2014) With Us or Against Us: Simulated Social Touch by Virtual Agents in a Cooperative or Competitive Setting. In: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2014, 27-29 Aug 2014, Boston, MA. pp. 204-213. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8637. Springer International Publishing. ISSN 0302-9743 ISBN 978-3-319-09766-4
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-09767-1_25
In this paper we examine how simulated social touch by a virtual agent in a cooperative or competitive augmented reality game influences the perceived trustworthiness, warmth and politeness of the agent. Before and after the game, participants interact with two agents whereby one agent touches the participant’s arm. Results showed no significant difference in how agents are perceived in the cooperative and competitive situation. However, significant differences between perception of the touching and non-touching agents could be observed for warmth.
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