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posted by janrinok on Thursday December 02, @08:22PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the \o/-give-me-some-money-please dept.

Nonverbal social interactions – even with unfriendly avatars – boost cooperation:

The study revealed that participants were more willing to cooperate with animated avatars than with static figures representing their negotiation partners. It also found -- somewhat surprisingly -- that people were more willing to accept unfair offers from unfriendly avatars than from friendly ones.

"This work is an extension of previous studies exploring how nonverbal cues influence people's perceptions of one another," said Matthew Moore, who led the research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with psychology professors Florin Dolcos and Sanda Dolcos. The new research was conducted at the U. of I.'s Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, where Moore was a postdoctoral fellow.

"Nonverbal interactions represent a huge part of human communication," Sanda Dolcos said. "We might not be aware of this, but much of the information that we take in is through these nonverbal channels."

Previous studies often used still photos or other static representations of people engaged in social interactions to study how people form opinions or make decisions, Florin Dolcos said.

"By animating the avatars, we're capturing interactions that are much closer to what happens in real-life situations," he said.

[...] "If we better understand the mechanisms involved, then we can better understand things like how to intervene," he said. "So, for example, if we have a goal of increasing cooperation or helping people make adaptive decisions, then we have clearer targets for our interventions."

Journal Reference:
Moore, Matthew, Katsumi, Yuta, Dolcos, Sanda, et al. Electrophysiological Correlates of Social Decision-making: An EEG Investigation of a Modified Ultimatum Game, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (DOI: 10.1162/jocn_a_01782)


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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 02, @08:44PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 02, @08:44PM (#1201624)

    ....to say, nonverbally, 8====D~~~~~

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 02, @09:26PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 02, @09:26PM (#1201640)

      Great avatar... for Jeffery Toobin!

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Snotnose on Thursday December 02, @09:31PM (4 children)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Thursday December 02, @09:31PM (#1201644)

    I see these avatars as stupid and click right out. Everyone I know that I consider smart does the same. People I know that find these things super wonderful wow! I tend to ignore.

    --
    Dark humor is like food: not everyone gets it.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 02, @10:43PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 02, @10:43PM (#1201669)

      I admire whoever wrote the grant proposal for this study, than I do the study itself. They got someone to pay for this shit?

      • (Score: 2) by Opportunist on Friday December 03, @04:58AM

        by Opportunist (5545) on Friday December 03, @04:58AM (#1201741)

        I continue to wonder exactly that with more and more studies. How do you get someone to pay for some of that crap?

    • (Score: 3, Touché) by vux984 on Thursday December 02, @11:41PM

      by vux984 (5045) on Thursday December 02, @11:41PM (#1201684)

      I'm curious... where are you seeing these avatars at all exactly?? That you and people you consider smart are 'clicking right out' ?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 03, @11:22PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 03, @11:22PM (#1201996)

      When the Firefox feature of "don't animate GIFs" appeared, my first thought was "Someone was sick of those animated avatars that waste everyone bandwidth".

      And enabled it.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Opportunist on Friday December 03, @05:32AM

    by Opportunist (5545) on Friday December 03, @05:32AM (#1201750)

    Personally, I gain little from inter-human communication. Communication happens for me on the factual level, and factual level only. And no, I don't imagine this, I actually have it in writing...

    2020 was a dream year for me, because suddenly, due to communication happening in nonverbal, written form mostly, EVERYONE was on my level. Suddenly people started to make sense to me and I was a LOT more relaxed when talking to people because finally they had to tell me what they want instead of expecting me to pick up their nonverbal clues, which I routinely ignored.

    You can take that from my cold, dead hands.

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