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Socially anxious and confident men interact with a forward virtual woman: an experimental study.

Pan, X; Gillies, M; Barker, C; Clark, DM; Slater, M; (2012) Socially anxious and confident men interact with a forward virtual woman: an experimental study. PLoS One , 7 (4) , Article e32931. 10.1371/journal.pone.0032931. Green open access

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Abstract

Male volunteers entered an immersive virtual reality that depicted a party, where they were approached by a lone virtual woman who initiated a conversation. The goal was to study how socially anxious and socially confident men would react to this event. Interest focused on whether the socially anxious participants would exhibit sustained anxiety during the conversation or whether this would diminish over time, and differ from the responses of the more socially confident men.

Type: Article
Title: Socially anxious and confident men interact with a forward virtual woman: an experimental study.
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0032931
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0032931
Language: English
Additional information: © 2012 Pan et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. PMCID: PMC33244733 This research was funded under the following projects: Empathic avatars: input, processing and output of emotional state (EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), UK) EP/D505542/1; Visual and Behavioural Fidelity of Virtual Humans with Applications to Bystander Intervention in Violent Emergencies (EPSRC, UK) EP/F032420/1 (http://www.epsrc.ac.uk); PRESENCCIA funded under the European Sixth Framework Program, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET), Contract Number 27731 (http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/programm​e/fet_en.html); and TRAVERSE funded by the European Research Council (ERC) (under the Advanced Grant scheme), grant agreement number 227985. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Keywords: Anxiety, Electrocardiography, Female, Galvanic Skin Response, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Male, Marital Status, Questionnaires, Self Concept, Shyness, User-Computer Interface
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1344808
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