A man¿s best friend? : a study into subjective user experience and task performance with a human guide and an embodied agent

Ham, R.H. ten (2005) A man¿s best friend? : a study into subjective user experience and task performance with a human guide and an embodied agent.

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Abstract:Within this project, two experiments were conducted with a virtual character. The goal was to investigate to what extent a virtual character can replace a real human in the field route descriptions and what role gestures play during interaction with a virtual character. The outcomes of the first experiment among students give an indication that gestures are very useful for the subjective experience from users. The participants who saw the route description with gestures, were much more enthusiastic that those who saw the route description without gestures. The virtual character received very good reviews. The results indicate that among younger people, a virtual character can very well be used to provide information. The second experiment was used to investigate if age was an influencing factor. The results indicated that older users didn't like the virtual character as much as the younger participants did. However, there is no significant difference in the amount of information that was recalled between older participants who saw the virtual character and those who saw the real human. The results indicate that both younger and older people can interact with a virtual character, although the older people seem to have some resistance towards working with a virtual character.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies BSc (56615)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/57778
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