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Embodied Communicative Feedback

(VR) Jens Allwood

The project investigates feedback processes in human communication, through theory development, descriptive analysis of recorded material and computer simulation of embodied communicative agents. Part of our work will be creating a model for human embodied communication. Using this model, we will attempt to describe and explain/understand how communication can take place simultaneously with different degrees of consciousness and intentionality and with different types of expression in different modalities. Communicative feedback usually consists of unobtrusive words or body movements, that the listener uses to inform the speaker about his/her ability and willingness to communicate, to perceive and understand, accept or in other ways react emotionally and attitudinally.

Our ambition is that our model should account for:

  1. possibly innate automatic communicative behavior
  2. acquired automatic, possibly conscious and controllable behavior
  3. mainly conscious and intentionally planned feedback behavior. In addition, we will study
  4. how it is possible, through implementation of selected feedback behavior in a virtual agent, to affect attitudes and behavior in persons interacting with the agent

Apart from developing and implementing the model, we will make and analyze video recordings, identify and simulate feedback features in a virtual communicative agent, and finally evaluate these simulations.

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