Emotional Contagion with Virtual Characters: Extended Abstract


Jason Tsai, Emma Bowring, Stacy Marsella, Wendy Wood, and Milind Tambe. 2012. “Emotional Contagion with Virtual Characters: Extended Abstract .” In International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS)(Short paper).


In social psychology, emotional contagion describes the widely observed phenomenon of one person’s emotions mimicking surrounding people’s emotions [8]. While it has been observed in humanhuman interactions, no known studies have examined its existence in agent-human interactions. As virtual characters make their way into high-risk, high-impact applications such as psychotherapy and military training with increasing frequency, the emotional impact of the agents’ expressions must be accurately understood to avoid undesirable repercussions.
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