A Virtual Agent as Vocabulary Trainer: Iconic Gestures Help to Improve Learners’ Memory Performance

Bergmann K, Macedonia M (2013)
In: Intelligent Virtual Agents. Aylett R, Krenn B, Pelachaud C, Shimodaira H (Eds); Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, . Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer: 139-148.

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Aylett, R. ; Krenn, B. ; Pelachaud, C. ; Shimodaira , H.
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An important and often laborious task in foreign language acquisi- tion is vocabulary learning. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that perform- ing iconic gestures together with novel words has a beneficial effect on learn- ing performance. Can these findings be transferred onto virtual agents applied in gesture-supported vocabulary training? We present a study investigating whether iconic gestures performed by a virtual agent and imitated by learners have an impact on verbal memory for words in a foreign language. In a within-subject design we compared participants’ memory performance achieved with the help of a virtual agent and those achieved with the help of a human trainer regarding both short-term learning effects and long-term decay effects. The overall results demonstrate improved memory scores when participants learned with a virtual agent. Especially high performers could profit from gesture-supported training with a virtual agent.
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13th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
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Edinburgh, UK
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2013-08-29 – 2013-08-31
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Bergmann K, Macedonia M. A Virtual Agent as Vocabulary Trainer: Iconic Gestures Help to Improve Learners’ Memory Performance. In: Aylett R, Krenn B, Pelachaud C, Shimodaira H, eds. Intelligent Virtual Agents. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer; 2013: 139-148.
Bergmann, K., & Macedonia, M. (2013). A Virtual Agent as Vocabulary Trainer: Iconic Gestures Help to Improve Learners’ Memory Performance. In R. Aylett, B. Krenn, C. Pelachaud, & H. Shimodaira (Eds.), Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence. Intelligent Virtual Agents (pp. 139-148). Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer.
Bergmann, K., and Macedonia, M. (2013). “A Virtual Agent as Vocabulary Trainer: Iconic Gestures Help to Improve Learners’ Memory Performance” in Intelligent Virtual Agents, ed. R. Aylett, B. Krenn, C. Pelachaud, and H. Shimodaira Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer), 139-148.
Bergmann, K., & Macedonia, M., 2013. A Virtual Agent as Vocabulary Trainer: Iconic Gestures Help to Improve Learners’ Memory Performance. In R. Aylett, et al., eds. Intelligent Virtual Agents. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 139-148.
K. Bergmann and M. Macedonia, “A Virtual Agent as Vocabulary Trainer: Iconic Gestures Help to Improve Learners’ Memory Performance”, Intelligent Virtual Agents, R. Aylett, et al., eds., Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer, 2013, pp.139-148.
Bergmann, K., Macedonia, M.: A Virtual Agent as Vocabulary Trainer: Iconic Gestures Help to Improve Learners’ Memory Performance. In: Aylett, R., Krenn, B., Pelachaud, C., and Shimodaira , H. (eds.) Intelligent Virtual Agents. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence. p. 139-148. Springer, Berlin/Heidelberg (2013).
Bergmann, Kirsten, and Macedonia, Manuela. “A Virtual Agent as Vocabulary Trainer: Iconic Gestures Help to Improve Learners’ Memory Performance”. Intelligent Virtual Agents. Ed. R. Aylett, B. Krenn, C. Pelachaud, and H. Shimodaira. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer, 2013. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence. 139-148.
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