Can immersive virtual humans teach social conversational protocols?

Sabarish Babu, Evan Suma, Tiffany Barnes, Larry F. Hodges

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We investigated the effects of using immersive virtual humans to teach users social conversational verbal and non-verbal protocols in south Indian culture. The study was conducted using a between-subjects experimental design, and compared instruction and interactive feedback from immersive virtual humans against instruction based on a written study guide with illustrations of the social protocols. Participants were then tested on how well they learned the social conversational protocols by exercising the social conventions in front of videos of real people. The results of our study suggest that participants who trained with the virtual humans performed significantly better than the participants who studied from literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Virtual Reality 2007, VR'07, Proceedings
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Aug 10 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event2007 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, VR'07 - Charlotte, NC, United States
Duration: Mar 10 2007Mar 14 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Virtual Reality


Other2007 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, VR'07
CountryUnited States
CityCharlotte, NC


  • Embodied agents
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Immersive virtual environments
  • Multimodal interaction
  • Virtual characters

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