Jill Boberg

Jill Boberg
University of Southern California | USC · Institute for Creative Technologies

PhD

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Publications (19)
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This work explores whether culture impacts the extent to which social dialogue can mitigate (or exacerbate) the loss of trust caused when agents make conversational errors. Our study uses an agent designed to persuade users to agree with its rankings on two tasks. Participants from the U.S. and Japan completed our study. We perform two manipulation...
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We present the results of a study in which humans negotiate with computerized agents employing varied tactics over a repeated number of economic ultimatum games. We report that certain agents are highly effective against particular classes of humans: several individual difference measures for the human participant are shown to be critical in determ...
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A crucial aspect of virtual gaming experiences is the avatar: the player's virtual self-representation. While research has demonstrated benefits to using self-similar avatars in some virtual experiences, such avatars sometimes produce a more negative experience for women. To help researchers and game designers assess the cost-benefit tradeoffs of s...
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This work explores the extent to which social dialogue can mitigate (or exacerbate) the loss of trust caused when robots make conversational errors. Our study uses a NAO robot programmed to persuade users to agree with its rankings on two tasks. We perform two manipulations: (1) The timing of conversational errors - the robot exhibited errors eithe...
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Social robots establish rapport with human users. This work explores the extent to which rapport-building can benefit (or harm) conversations with robots, and under what circumstances this occurs. For example, previous work has shown that agents that make conversational errors are less capable of influencing people than agents that do not make erro...
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A common barrier to healthcare for psychiatric conditions is the stigma associated with these disorders. Perceived stigma prevents many from reporting their symptoms. Stigma is a particularly pervasive problem among military service members, preventing them from reporting symptoms of combat-related conditions like posttraumatic stress disorder (PTS...
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We demonstrate two agents, a robot and a virtual human, which can be used for studying factors that impact social influence. The agents engage in dialogue scenarios that build familiarity, share information, and attempt to influence a human participant. The scenarios are variants of the classical “survival task,” where members of a team rank the im...
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Recent advances in scanning technology have enabled the widespread capture of 3D character models based on human subjects. Intuition suggests that, with these new capabilities to create avatars that look like their users, every player should have his or her own avatar to play video games or simulations. We explicitly test the impact of having one’s...
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Recent advances in scanning technology have enabled the widespread capture of 3D character models based on human subjects. Intuition suggests that, with these new capabilities to create avatars that look like their users, every player should have his or her own avatar to play videogames or simulations. We explicitly test the impact of having one’s...
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It has long been recognized that facial expressions, body posture/gestures and vocal parameters play an important role in human communication and the implicit signalling of emotion. Recent advances in low cost computer vision and behavioral sensing technologies can now be applied to the process of making meaningful inferences as to user state when...
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We investigate the capabilities of automatic nonverbal behavior descriptors to identify indicators of psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. We seek to confirm and enrich present state of the art, predominantly based on qualitative manual annotations, with automatic quantitative behavior descriptors...
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The present study uses automatic facial expression recognition software to examine the relationship between social context and emotional feelings on the expression of emotion, to test claims that facial expressions reflect social motives rather than felt emotion. To vary emotional feelings, participants engaged in a competitive video game. Deceptio...
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Nonverbal behaviors play a crucial role in shaping outcomes in face-to-face clinical interactions. Experienced clinicians use nonverbals to foster rapport and "read" their clients to inform diagnoses. The rise of telemedicine and virtual health agents creates new opportunities, but it also strips away much of this nonverbal channel. Recent advances...
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Woodfuel balances are commonly used by energy planners in developing countries to determine the adequacy of woodfuel resources. Recently, critics have argued that wood balances are misleading in their simplicity, exaggerating both the severity of the woodfuel shortage and the need for planned interventions to solve that problem. This paper examines...
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Most people in urban Tanzania, as in countries throughout Africa and the world, depend on woodfuels as their subsistence energy source. Despite this, very little is known about the system that supplies woodfuel to the urban sector. Consequently, policy makers cannot know whether improvements are needed in the system or if it is better left as it is...

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