Embodied virtual interactions: what does equity mean to you? preliminary results for the impact of transgender avatar embodiment on empathy

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Abstract

Embodied virtual interactions can contribute to more immersive perspective taking experiences, which in turn can increase empathy and affiliation. This study sought to investigate these outcomes in the context of unconscious bias related to gender identity during interpersonal interactions. We conducted a simulated interview in virtual reality, in which participants embodied a transgender or cisgender avatar and interacted with a human-controlled agent (transgender woman). Preliminary results reveal differences between women and men in their experiences of empathy and emotional state when embodied as a transgender avatar.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHAI '22
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages242-244
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450393232
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022
EventInternational Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (10th : 2022) - Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 5 Dec 20228 Dec 2022

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (10th : 2022)
Abbreviated titleHAI ’22
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityChristchurch
Period5/12/228/12/22

Keywords

  • embodiment
  • human-virtual agent interaction
  • virtual reality
  • virtually-mediated perspective taking

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