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Conflict, Anxiety, and Hesitation in Virtual Characters

Wed, Dec 10, 2014, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Ian Horswill
(Northwestern University)
Wednesday, December 10  
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 
DARC 230

Much of the behavior we find most expressive in humans is due to neural systems we share with other social mammals.  These systems provide an interesting alternative starting point for virtual characters to rational deliberation.  In this talk, Ian will discuss simulating two such systems: Gray and McNaughton’s neuropsychological model of anxiety, and Bowlby’s theory of attachment.

Ian will also discuss some of the work he has done at Northwestern University with interdisciplinary art and technology curricula.  In particular, he will talk about experiences with the Animate Arts Program, a joint program of Northwestern’s Schools of Communication, Engineering, Music, and Arts and Sciences.  Animate Arts features a team-taught core curriculum loosely inspired by the Bauhaus’ foundations course (Vorkurs).