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Project ID: IST-2001-33310
Funded under: FP5-IST
Country: United Kingdom

The development of a theoretical basis for the empathic relationship between human users and synthetic characters

The results comprise a large-scale evaluation of the software developed by the project in the UK, Germany and Portugal with a total sample of around 800 children. The results are about to be published in several psychology journals.

The involvement of schools in Germany is also a key result, since the end users (children) and teachers contributed in the development of scenarios, the evaluation of the software and its implementation in school curricula. Furthermore, the development of a theoretical basis for the empathic relationship between human users and synthetic characters was achieved, and the specific role of ideomotoric empathy was explored. These specific aspects will be further investigated in further projects on both national and European level.

Reported by

Heriot-Watt University
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
United Kingdom
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