Ascribed Gender and Characteristics of a Visually Androgynous Teachable Agent.

Camilla Kirkegaard, Betty Tärning, Magnus Haake, Agneta Gulz, Annika Silvervarg

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The chapter explores how users ascribe gender to a visually androgynous teachable agent, and if and how the ascribed gender can influence the perceived personality characteristics of the agent. Previous studies have shown positive effects of using agents with more neutral or androgynous appearances, for instance, a more gender neutral agent evoked more positive attitudes on females than did a more stereotypical female agent [1] and androgynous agents were less abused than female agents [2]. Another study showed that even though an agent was visually androgynous, the user typically ascribed a gender to it [3].
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Virtual Agents : 14th International Conference, IVA 2014, Boston, MA, USA, August 27-29, 2014, Proceedings / Lecture Notes in Computer Science
EditorsTimothy Bickmore, Stacy Marsella, C. Sidner
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-09766-4, 978-3-319-09767-1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1611-3349
ISSN (Electronic)0302-9743

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Learning
  • Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)


  • visually androgynous
  • attitudes
  • teachable agent
  • gender

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