Exploring persuasive potential of embodied conversational agents utilizing synthetic embodied conversational agents

John Shearer, Patrick Olivier, Marco De Boni, Robert Hurling

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This study presents synthetic embodied conversational agents, and how they can be used to explore the persuasive potential of real embodied conversational agents. Utilizing a novel Wizard-of-Oz style approach and a direct measure of behavior change we explore whether 'ideal' embodied conversational agents have a similar persuasive impact as real people, and demonstrate the importance of visually perceiving for embodied conversational agents to be persuasive.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPersuasive Technology - Second International Conference on Persuasive Technology, PERSUASIVE 2007, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9783540770053
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Persuasive Technology, PERSUASIVE 2007 - Palo Alto, CA, United States of America
Duration: 26 Apr 200727 Apr 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4744 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference2nd International Conference on Persuasive Technology, PERSUASIVE 2007
CountryUnited States of America
CityPalo Alto, CA


  • Embodied conversational agents
  • Persuasion
  • Virtual characters

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