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Perceiving artificial social agents
Computers in Human Behavior
  • T. M. Holtgraves
  • Stephen J. Ross, University of Washington Tacoma
  • C. R. Weywadt
  • T. L. Han
Publication Date
9-1-2007
Document Type
Article
Abstract

Three experiments were conducted to examine perceptions of a natural language computer interface (conversation bot). Participants in each study chatted with a conversation bot and then indicated their perceptions of the bot on various dimensions. Although participants were informed that they were interacting with a computer program, participants clearly viewed the program as having human-like qualities. Participants agreed substantially in their perceptions of the bot’s personality on the traits from the five-factor model (Experiment 1). In addition, factors that influence perceptions of human personalities (e.g., whether one uses another’s first name and response latency) also affected perceptions of a bot’s personality (Experiments 2 and 3). Similar to interactions with humans, the bot’s perceived neuroticism was inversely related to how long individuals chatted with it.

DOI
10.1016/j.chb.2006.02.017
Version
pre-print, post-print
Citation Information
T. M. Holtgraves, Stephen J. Ross, C. R. Weywadt and T. L. Han. "Perceiving artificial social agents" Computers in Human Behavior Vol. 23 Iss. 5 (2007) p. 2163 - 2174
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/stephen_j_ross/13/