In search of the uncanny valley

Pollick, F. E. (2010) In search of the uncanny valley. In: Daras, P. and Ibarra, O.M. (eds.) User Centric Media: First International Conference, UCMedia 2009, Venice, Italy, December 9-11, 2009, Revised Selected Papers. Series: Lecture notes of the institute for computer sciences (40). Springer-Verlag: Berlin, pp. 69-78. ISBN 9783642126307 (doi:10.1007/978-3-642-12630-7_8)

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Recent advances in computer animation and robotics have lead to greater and greater realism of human appearance to be obtained both on screen and in physical devices. A particular issue that has arisen in this pursuit is whether increases in realism necessarily lead to increases in acceptance. The concept of the uncanny valley suggests that high, though not perfect, levels of realism will result in poor acceptance. We review this concept and its psychological basis.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pollick, Professor Frank
Authors: Pollick, F. E.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
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