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  Changing our perception of communication in virtual environments

Dodds, T., Mohler, B., & Bülthoff, H. (2010). Changing our perception of communication in virtual environments. Poster presented at 33rd European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2010), Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Dodds, TJ1, 2, Author              
Mohler, BJ1, 2, Author              
Bülthoff, HH1, 2, Author              
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1Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497797              
2Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, Spemannstrasse 38, 72076 Tübingen, DE, ou_1497794              

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 Abstract: When people communicate face-to-face they use gestures and body language that naturally coincide with speech [McNeill, 2007, Gesture Thought, University of Chicago Press.]. In an immersive virtual environment (VE) we can control both participants' visual feedback of self and the other in order to investigate the effect of gestures on a communication task. In our experiment the communication task is to make the listener say a word without the speaker saying the word. We use animated real-time self-avatars in immersive VEs to answer the question: `Does the use of naturalistic gestures help communication in VEs'. Specifically, we perform a within-subject experiment which investigates the influence of first- and third-person perspectives, and of animated speaker and listener. We find that people significantly perform better in the communication task when both the speaker and listener have an animated self-avatar and when the camera for the speaker shows a third-person perspective. When participants moved more they also performed better in the task. These results suggest that when two people in a VE are animated they do use gestures to communicate. These results demonstrate that in addition to the speaker movements, the listener movements are important for efficient communication in an immersive VE.

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 Dates: 2010-08
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: BibTex Citekey: 6997
DOI: 10.1177/03010066100390S101
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Title: 33rd European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2010)
Place of Event: Lausanne, Switzerland
Start-/End Date: 2010-08-22 - 2010-08-26

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Title: Perception
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Publ. Info: London : Pion Ltd.
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 39 (ECVP Abstract Supplement) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 183 Identifier: ISSN: 0301-0066
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925509369