An Examination of a Theory of Embodied Social Presence in Virtual Worlds

Mennecke, B.E., Triplett, J., Hassall, L.M., Jordan, Z., & Heer, R. An Examination of a Theory of Embodied Social Presence in Virtual Worlds, Decision Sciences, 42(2), pp. 413-450, May 2011

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Brian Mennecke

Iowa State University

Janea L. Triplett

Iowa State University

Lesya M. Hassall

Iowa State University

Zayira Jordán-Conde

Iowa State University

Rex Heer

Iowa State University

Date Written: May 1, 2011

Abstract

In this article, we discuss and empirically examine the importance of embodiment, context, and spatial proximity as they pertain to collaborative interaction and task completion in virtual environments. Specifically, we introduce the embodied social presence (ESP) theory as a framework to account for a higher level of perceptual engagement that users experience as they engage in activity-based social interaction in virtual environments. The ESP theory builds on the analysis of reflection data from Second Life users to explain the process by which perceptions of ESP are realized. We proceed to describe implications of ESP for collaboration and other organizational functions.

Keywords: Activity Theory, Avatar, Co-Presence, Embodied Social Presence, Embodiment, Social Presence, Virtual Worlds

Suggested Citation

Mennecke, Brian and Triplett, Janea L. and Hassall, Lesya M. and Jordán-Conde, Zayira and Heer, Rex, An Examination of a Theory of Embodied Social Presence in Virtual Worlds (May 1, 2011). Mennecke, B.E., Triplett, J., Hassall, L.M., Jordan, Z., & Heer, R. An Examination of a Theory of Embodied Social Presence in Virtual Worlds, Decision Sciences, 42(2), pp. 413-450, May 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2214673

Brian Mennecke (Contact Author)

Iowa State University ( email )

Ames, IA 50011-2063
United States

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Janea L. Triplett

Iowa State University ( email )

613 Wallace Road
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Lesya M. Hassall

Iowa State University ( email )

613 Wallace Road
Ames, IA 50011-2063
United States

Zayira Jordán-Conde

Iowa State University ( email )

613 Wallace Road
Ames, IA 50011-2063
United States

Rex Heer

Iowa State University ( email )

613 Wallace Road
Ames, IA 50011-2063
United States

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