How virtual teammate support types affect stress

P. Kindness, C. Mellish, J. Masthoff

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In this paper we design and implement an artificial task-based scenario that seeks to induce loneliness and acute stress. We explore how the presence of a virtual teammate called Mary and the differing types of support that she provides affects users stress during a task. We investigate how empathic support, task support and the combination of task and empathic support affect stress. Stress is measured using both physiological sensors (skin conductance and heart rate) and self-reporting questionnaires. The results obtained offer insight into the best type of support to give individuals taking part in critical situations, such as in our chosen domain of pre-hospital care. This work lays down the foundations for future work in the development of an intelligent algorithm for a virtual teammate which can provide benefits to both casualty and carer welfare.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2013 Humaine Association Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACII 2013
PublisherIEEE Explore
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780769550480
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAffective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII), 2013 - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 2 Sept 20135 Sept 2013


ConferenceAffective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII), 2013

Bibliographical note

This research is supported by the award made by the RCUK Digital Economy programme to the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub; award reference: EP/G066051/1.


  • stress
  • empathic support
  • task support
  • teammate


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