Feminity, Masculinity and Androgyny: How Humans Perceive the Gender of Anthropomorphic Agents

A.I. Niculescu, Frans van der Sluis, Antinus Nijholt

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    Abstract

    In this paper we present the first experimental step of a larger study investigating the effects of agents’ gender identification on the perceived interaction quality. The purpose was to determine how test subjects judge the ‘gender’ of virtual humans. 48 test subjects rated 7 agents according to their degree of feminity, masculinity and gender ambiguity. The results showed that subjects’ gender combined with the order in which the agents were presented have a strong impact on their perceived degree of feminity, masculinity and gender ambiguity. The agents identified as having strong feminine, masculine and androgynous traits will be used in the next experimental session to represent a multimodal dialogue system for medical queries.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationHCI International. 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
    EditorsC. Stephanides
    Place of PublicationHeidelberg
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages628-632
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-02884-7
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2009
    Event13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2009 - San Diego, United States
    Duration: 19 Jul 200923 Jul 2009
    Conference number: 13
    http://2009.hci.international/index.php?module=conference&CF_op=view&CF_id=21

    Publication series

    NameProceedings and Posters DVD
    PublisherSpringer Verlag

    Conference

    Conference13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2009
    Abbreviated titleHCI International
    CountryUnited States
    CitySan Diego
    Period19/07/0923/07/09
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    Keywords

    • METIS-263933
    • Anthropomorphic agents
    • IR-67818
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • physical appearance
    • gender perception
    • EWI-15740

    Cite this

    Niculescu, A. I., van der Sluis, F., & Nijholt, A. (2009). Feminity, Masculinity and Androgyny: How Humans Perceive the Gender of Anthropomorphic Agents. In C. Stephanides (Ed.), HCI International. 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 628-632). (Proceedings and Posters DVD). Heidelberg: Springer.