Modeling Students’ Emotions from Cognitive Appraisal in Educational Games

  • Cristina Conati
  • Xiaoming Zhou
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2363)


We present a probabilistic model that assesses student emotional reaction during interaction with an educational game. Following a well-known cognitive theory of emotions (the OCC theory), the model predicts a student’s emotional state by assessing the student’s appraisal of her interaction with the game, in light of the student’s goals and personality. We illustrate how the model relies on a Dynamic Decision Network that is based on both the OCC theory and observations from two user studies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Conati
    • 1
  • Xiaoming Zhou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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