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The Persona Effect: Affective Impact of Animated Pedagogical Agents

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The Persona Effect: Affective Impact of Animated Pedagogical Agents
Animated pedagogical agents that inhabit interactive learning environments can exhibit strikingly lifelike behaviors. In addition to providing problem-solving advice in response to students’ activities in the learning environment, these agents may also be able to play a powerful motivational role. To design the most effective agent-based learning environment software, itisessentialtounderstandhowstudentsperceivean animated pedagogical agent with regard to affective dimensions such as encouragement, utility, credibility, and clarity. This paper describes a study of the affective impact of animated pedagogical agents on students’ learning experiences. One hundredmiddle schoolstudentsinteracted withanimated pedagogical agents to assess their perception of agents’ affective characteristics. The study revealed the persona effect, which is that the presence of a lifelike character in an interactive learning environment—even one that is not expressive— can have a strong positive ef...
James C. Lester, Sharolyn A. Converse, Susan H. Ka
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Type Conference
Year 1997
Where CHI
Authors James C. Lester, Sharolyn A. Converse, Susan H. Kahler, S. Todd Barlow, Brian A. Stone, Ravinder S. Bhogal
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