Effects of gesture-based avatar-mediated communication on brainstorming and negotiation tasks among younger users

Ang, Chee Siang and Bobrowicz, Ania and Siriaraya, Panote and Trickey, Joshua and Winspear, Kate (2013) Effects of gesture-based avatar-mediated communication on brainstorming and negotiation tasks among younger users. Computers in Human Behavior, 29 (3). pp. 1204-1211. ISSN 0747-5632. (Full text available)

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Abstract

This paper reports on a study which investigated the effects of gesture-based avatar-mediated communication on younger users (12–13 years old), in comparison to video-mediated communication. Specifically, we looked at how these technologies were used by school pupils to brainstorm and negotiate ideas in a bullying context. 64 school pupils were divided into two conditions (Skype and AvatarKinect) and were instructed to carry out two tasks (a brainstorming and a negotiation task). Objective task performance, perceived satisfaction and perceived partner’s characteristics were compared. We found no difference in term of perceived satisfaction. AvatarKinect users reported more positive changes in perceptions toward their partner. The results on task performance were ambivalent; Skype users seemed to generate more ideas, whilst AvatarKinect produced better quality ideas. In summary, gesture-based avatar technology appears to be a useful modality to help resolve bullying in schools.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Avatar-mediated communication; Video-mediated communication; Gesture-based; Younger users
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts > Image and Information Engineering
Depositing User: Tina Thompson
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 15:31 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2017 21:58 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35488 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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