Using run-time biofeedback during virtual agent-based aggression de-escalation training

Romy A.M. Blankendaal*, Tibor Bosse

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This exploratory study discusses how biofeedback can be displayed and used in the context of virtual agent-based social skills training. Using Virtual Reality, a prototype of an aggression de-escalation training application has been developed. The application simulates an adaptive scenario in which the user interacts with a threatening virtual conversation partner. The stress level of the user, which is displayed at run-time, influences the development of the scenario. A pilot experiment is conducted to test the impact of the application on users’ subjective experience (measured through a questionnaire) and physiological response (measured through skin conductance). Although preliminary, the results seem to indicate that biofeedback potentially contributes to enhancing the user’s awareness of his/her own emotional state. Implications for the use of biofeedback within virtual training applications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, and Complexity
Subtitle of host publicationThe PAAMS Collection - 16th International Conference, PAAMS 2018, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer/Verlag
Pages97-109
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783319945804
ISBN (Print)9783319945798
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event16th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, PAAMS 2018 - Toledo, Spain
Duration: 20 Jun 201822 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10978 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, PAAMS 2018
CountrySpain
CityToledo
Period20/06/1822/06/18

Keywords

  • Biofeedback
  • Human-agent interaction
  • Skin conductance
  • Stress
  • Virtual reality training

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