A virtual emotional freedom therapy practitioner (demonstration)

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Abstract

The role of virtual humans in a range of health scenarios, including therapy and counselling, are being explored. To help people in managing their emotional health this research project novelly investigates the value of a virtual practitioner to deliver the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). EFT, also known as Tapping Method, is a kind of psychological acupressure technique to optimize emotional and physical health. Significantly, we compare two different types of virtual EFT therapists, one that seeks to exhibit empathetic behaviour with another that delivers the therapy in a neutral manner. An initial online semi-interactive study with 37 participants reported benefits for both therapists from baseline emotion, and these improvements increased with a subsequent session, the empathic agent delivered slight but nonsignificant improvements but did not achieve a higher level of rapport with the human.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAAMAS 2016
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
EditorsJ. Thangarajah, K. Tuyls, C. Jonker, S. Marsella
PublisherInternational Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS)
Pages1471-1473
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450342391
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 9 May 201613 May 2016

Other

Other15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2016
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period9/05/1613/05/16

Keywords

  • intelligent virtual agents
  • empathic agents
  • virtual humans
  • emotional freedom technique

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    Ranjbartabar, H., & Richards, D. (2016). A virtual emotional freedom therapy practitioner (demonstration). In J. Thangarajah, K. Tuyls, C. Jonker, & S. Marsella (Eds.), AAMAS 2016: Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (pp. 1471-1473). International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS).