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Fluid interaction between virtual agents and humans requires the understanding of many issues of conversational pragmatics. One such issue is the interaction between communication strategy and personality. As a step towards developing models of personality driven pragmatics policies, in this paper, we present our initial experiment to explore differences in user interaction with two contrasting avatar personalities. Each user saw a single personality in a video-call setting and gave feedback on the interaction. Our expectations, that a more extroverted outgoing positive personality would be a more successful tutor, were only partially confirmed. While this personality did induce longer conversations in the participants, we found that interactions with both were enjoyed and that user perception of them differed less than intended.
Dobbriner, J., Ennis, C., & Ross, R. (2021). Exploring the Personality of Virtual Tutors in Conversational Foreign Language Practice. Technological University Dublin. https://doi.org/10.21427/XK8A-XH78
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