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UC Merced Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society Title The Mere Belief of Social Interaction Improves Learning Publication Date The Mere Belief of Social Interaction Improves Learning
Thirty-five adult participants tested the hypothesis that the mere belief in having a social interaction with someone improves learning and understanding. Participants studied a passage on the mechanism that causes a fever. They then entered a virtual reality environment with an embodied agent on the other side of a table. The participant read scripted questions relevant to the fever passage, and the agent gave scripted responses. In the avatar condition, participants heard that the virtualfatcat:zt5gnjq3nvaudpobal5gpzilyq