Show Me Yours if I Show You Mine: Self-disclosure in Conversational Agents

Loes van Uffelen*, Jelte van Waterschoot*, Mariët Theune

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Self-disclosure describes the act of revealing personal information to others; in other words, revealing a part of one’s own identity. Implementing a form of self-disclosure in conversational agents, including social robots, might contribute to the user’s feeling of engagement and stimulate them to reveal more information about themselves. This paper addresses whether self-disclosure in dialogue of conversational agents could benefit interaction with the user and how dialogue scripts should be designed. We also briefly discuss our own use case, an embodied conversational agent able to talk with older adults about their well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Robo-Identity '21
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2021
EventHRI Workshop 2021: Robo-Identity: Artificial identity and multi-embodiment - Virtual Event
Duration: 8 Mar 20218 Mar 2021


ConferenceHRI Workshop 2021
CityVirtual Event


  • Interaction design
  • Concepts and paradigms
  • User models
  • Natural language interfaces
  • HCI theory
  • Self-disclosure
  • Older adults
  • Conversational agents


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