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A Mismatch in the Human Realism of Face and Voice Produces an Uncanny Valley

  1. Wade J Mitchell
    1. School of Informatics, Indiana University, 535 West Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
  2. Kevin A Szerszen Sr
    1. School of Informatics, Indiana University, 535 West Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
  3. Amy Shirong Lu
    1. School of Informatics, Indiana University, 535 West Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
  4. Paul W Schermerhorn
    1. Cognitive Science Program, Indiana University, 1900 E 10th St, Bloomington, IN 47406, USA
  5. Matthias Scheutz
    1. Cognitive Science Program, Indiana University, 1900 E 10th St, Bloomington, IN 47406, USA and Department of Computer Science, Tufts University, 161 College Ave, Medford, MA 02155, USA
  6. Karl F MacDorman
    1. School of Informatics, Indiana University, 535 West Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
  1. e-mail: wamitche{at}iupui.edu
  2. e-mail: keszersz{at}iupui.edu
  3. e-mail: amylu{at}iupui.edu
  4. e-mail: pscherme{at}indiana.edu
  5. e-mail: mscheutz{at}cs.tufts.edu
  6. e-mail: kmacdorm{at}indiana.edu

Abstract

The uncanny valley has become synonymous with the uneasy feeling of viewing an animated character or robot that looks imperfectly human. Although previous uncanny valley experiments have focused on relations among a character's visual elements, the current experiment examines whether a mismatch in the human realism of a character's face and voice causes it to be evaluated as eerie. The results support this hypothesis.

  • Received November 7, 2010.
  • Revision received February 17, 2011.

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