Explanatory Style for Socially Interactive Agents

  • Sejin Oh
  • Jonathan Gratch
  • Woontack Woo
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4738)


Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in computational models of socio-emotional processes, both as a mean to deepen understanding of human behavior and as a mechanism to drive a variety of training and entertainment applications. In contrast with work on emotion, where research groups have developed detailed models of emotional processes, models of personality have emphasized shallow surface behavior. Here, we build on computational appraisal models of emotion to better characterize dispositional differences in how people come to understand social situations. Known as explanatory style, this dispositional factor plays a key role in social interactions and certain socio-emotional disorders, such as depression. Building on appraisal and attribution theories, we model key conceptual variables underlying the explanatory style, and enable agents to exhibit different explanatory tendencies according to their personalities. We describe an interactive virtual environment that uses the model to allow participants to explore individual differences in the explanation of social events, with the goal of encouraging the development of perspective taking and emotion-regulatory skills.


Perspective Taking Explanatory Style Causal Information Undesirable State Optimistic Agent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sejin Oh
    • 1
  • Jonathan Gratch
    • 2
  • Woontack Woo
    • 1
  1. 1.GIST U-VR Lab., Gwangju, 500-712S.Korea
  2. 2.Institute for Creative Technolgies, Univiersity of Southern California, 13274 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292U.S.A.

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