Building Exposure: Synergy of Interaction and Narration through Social Channels

Presence, Teleoperators and Virtual Environments

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Herbelin B., Ponder M. and Thalmann D. (2005). Building Exposure: Synergy of Interaction and Narration through Social Channels. Presence, Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 14(2):234-246. MIT Press.

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The ability to build and control exposure through a seamless synergy of interaction and narration is a strongly required feature of in a new type of immersive VR training and therapy systems. This paper presents a practical approach for immersive VR training and therapy applications based on interactive Storytelling. It provides detailed description of a working implementation of the Interactive Narration Space (INS); this approach combines and satisfies both interaction and narration requirements through the use of high-level social interaction. By introducing the Social Channel, we aim at minimizing the contradictions between control over the story required by trainer/therapist and interaction required by trainee/patient. These concepts and their practical realization have been investigated in the context of emergency situation training and psychotherapeutic exposure, and could validate the usability of mediated-interaction with a Virtual Assistant.

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