VR 2017

2017 IEEE Virtual Reality (VR), March 18-22, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Can Social Presence Be Contagious? Effects of Social Presence Priming on Interaction with Virtual Humans
Salam Daher, Kangsoo Kim, Myungho Lee, Gerd Bruder, Ryan Schubert, Jeremy Bailenson, and
(University of Central Florida, USA; Stanford University, USA)
Abstract: We explore whether a peripheral observation of apparent mutual social presence between a virtual human (VH) and a virtual human confederate (VHC) can increase a subject’s sense of social presence with the VH. Human subjects were asked to play a game with a VH. Half of the subjects were primed by being exposed to a brief but apparently engaging conversation between the VHC and the VH. The primed subjects reported being significantly more excited, alert, had significantly higher measures of Co-Presence, Attentional Allocation, and Message Understanding dimensions of social presence for the VH, compared to those who were not primed.

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