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Being There Together: Social Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments

Ralph Schroeder

Abstract

Virtual environments provide places for “being there together”, for avatars to interact with each other in computer-generated spaces. They range from immersive systems in which people have life-size tracked avatar bodies to large-scale spaces such as Second Life where populations of users socialize in persistent virtual worlds. This book draws together research on how people interact in virtual environments: What difference does avatar appearance make? How do avatars collaborate and play together? How do the type of system and the space affect how people engage with each other? How does intera ... More

Keywords: virtual environments, avatars, Second Life, virtual worlds, videoconferencing, new media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195371284
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371284.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ralph Schroeder, author
Oxford University

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