Preference for Combining or Separating Events in Human and Avatar Decisions

  • Peter H. M. P. Roelofsma
  • Leo Versteeg
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 277)


According to the Renewable Resources Model people have limited emotional resource capacity for making decisions. As a result people have a general preference for spreading outcome events over time (Linville and Fisher (1991). This study examines whether the introduction of avatars will alleviate limited emotional resources and result in increased preference for combining events. This hypothesis was tested using a 2x2 factorial between subjects design which systematically manipulated the decision outcome (gains versus losses) and avatar use (avatar mediated versus non avatar mediated decisions). Preferences for combining or separating positive and negative emotional impactful events were measured using choice problems of Linville and Fischer (1991). Results show a replication of Linville and Fisher (1991) but only in the non avatar condition. In contrast, in the avatar condition a significant increase of preference for combining events was observed as predicted. The results give support for the Renewable Resource Model.


Avatar Mediated Communication Limited resource model Elderly Persons Human decision Making Time preference Spreading of outcomes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter H. M. P. Roelofsma
    • 1
  • Leo Versteeg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesVUA UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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