In dialogue with an avatar, syntax production is identical compared to dialogue with a human partner

Evelien HeyselaarMPI for Psycholinguistics
Peter HagoortMPI for Psycholinguistics
Katrien SegaertMPI for Psycholinguistics

Abstract

The use of virtual reality (VR) as a methodological tool is becoming increasingly popular in behavioural research due to its seemingly limitless possibilities. This new method has not been used frequently in the field of psycholinguistics, however, possibly due to the assumption that human-computer interaction does not accurately reflect human-human interaction. In the current study we compare participants’ language behaviour in a syntactic priming task with human versus avatar partners. Our study shows comparable priming effects between human and avatar partners (Human: 12.3%; Avatar: 12.6% for passive sentences) suggesting that VR is a valid platform for conducting language research and studying dialogue interactions.

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