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A constructionist cognitive model of virtual presence

Nunez, David (2004) A constructionist cognitive model of virtual presence. Technical Report CS04-07-00, Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town.

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This paper proposes a cognitive model of presence which emphasizes the interaction of top-down and bottom-up processes, and the subsequent creation of temporary representations of an environment in working memory. These temporary representations (which we term constructions) are formations of meaning about the environment, which allow a subject to make inferences and interact in that environment. We argue that this constructionist position follows from the existence of hypothesis selection models of presence such as proposed by Slater & Steed. Finally, we contrast our model to that of Wirth et al and discuss some of the implications of this model for presence in unfamiliar or unrealistic environments

EPrint Type:Departmental Technical Report
Keywords:Presence, cognition, modelling
Subjects:I Computing Methodologies: I.3 COMPUTER GRAPHICS
I Computing Methodologies: I.6 SIMULATION AND MODELING
ID Code:147
Deposited By:Nunez, David
Deposited On:25 August 2004