Marcus or Mira - Investigating the Perception of Virtual Agent Gender in Virtual Reality Role Play-Training

Regal, Georg; Uhl, Jakob Carl; Gerhardus, AnnaORCID:; Suette, Stefan; Frankus, ElisabethORCID:; Schmid, Julia; Kriglstein, Simone and Tscheligi, Manfred (2022) Marcus or Mira - Investigating the Perception of Virtual Agent Gender in Virtual Reality Role Play-Training. In: Proceedings of the 28th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 1-11.

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Immersive virtual training environments are used in various domains. In this work we focus on role-play training in virtual reality. In virtual role-play training conversations and interactions with virtual agents are often fundamental to the training. Therefore, the appearance and behavior of the agents plays an important role when designing role-play training.We focus on the gender appearance of agents, as gender is an important aspect for differentiation between characters. We conducted a study with 40 participants in which we investigated how agents gender appearance influences the perception of the agents´ personality traits and the self-perception of a participants’ assumed role in a training for social skills. This work contributes towards understanding the design-space of virtual agent design, virtual agent gender identity, and the design and development of immersive virtual reality role-play training.

Item Type: Book Contribution
Keywords: Virtual Reality, Training, Gender, Virtual Agents
Research Units: Current Research Groups > Science, Technology and Social Transformation
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2023 11:57
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2023 11:57
DOI: 10.1145/3562939.3565629
ISBN: 978-1-4503-9889-3

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