Embodied Cognitive Agents

Embodied cognitive agents are computational systems that can communicate verbally and non-verbally, just like humans do.

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Virtual Confederates

Virtual humans are the ideal confederates for social experiments.

  • de Melo, C., Carnevale, P., & Gratch, J. (2014). Using virtual confederates to research intergroup bias and conflict. In Best Paper Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM 14). pdf

Embodied Assistants in Augmented Reality

Embodied assistants can improve performance without a significant impact on users' cognitive load.

  • Kim, K., de Melo, C., Norouzi, N., Bruder, G., & Welch, G. (2020). Reducing workload with an embodied intelligent virtual agent for improved performance in a collaborative decision making task. IEEE VR 2020. pdf

Last updated: February 20, 2023