Achieving empathic engagement through affective interaction with synthetic characters

Lynne Hall, Sarah Woods, Ruth Aylett, Lynne Newall, Ana Paiva

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Abstract

This paper considers affective interactions to achieve empathic engagement with synthetic characters in virtual learning environments, in order to support and induce the expression of empathy in children. The paper presents FearNot!, a school based virtual learning environment, populated by synthetic characters used for personal, social and health education, specifically bullying issues in schools. An empirical study of 345 children aged 8-11 years who interacted with FearNot! is outlined. The results identify that affective interactions resulting in the expression of empathy were increased when children had high levels of belief and interest in character conversations and if they believed that their interactions had an impact on the characters' behaviour. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAffective Computing and Intelligent Interaction - First International Conference, ACII 2005, Proceedings
Pages731-738
Number of pages8
Volume3784 LNCS
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event1st International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction 2005 - Beijing, China
Duration: 22 Oct 200524 Oct 2005

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume3784 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Conference

Conference1st International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction 2005
Abbreviated titleACII 2005
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period22/10/0524/10/05

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