Embodied cognitive agents are computational systems that can communicate
verbally and non-verbally, just like humans do.
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Virtual humans are the ideal confederates for social experiments.
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Embodied Assistants in Augmented Reality
Embodied assistants can improve performance without a significant impact on users' cognitive load.
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