The Importance of Socio-Emotional Agency in Applied Games for Social Learning

Rui Prada

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Games have a great potential as learning tools, in particular, because they provide means for players to safely explore and fail, and because they promote personal emotional experiences. To be successful, games must present a good coverage and fidelity of the interaction experience regarding the target learning goals. In the case of learning of social skills, which is one prominent area of application of games, the use of AI characters with socioemotional agency has great potential value. These characters may increase the range of social situations that players can explore (coverage). However, in order to achieve that the AI characters need to be able to present good social behaviour (fidelity). Although, several examples of computational models to achieve this can be found, developing these models remains a challenging research question.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSerious Games, Interaction and Simulation. SGAMES 2016
EditorsC. Vaz de Carvalho , P. Escudeiro, A. Coelho
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-51055-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-51054-5
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Serious Games, Interaction, and Simulation - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 16 Jun 201617 Jun 2016

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering


ConferenceInternational Conference on Serious Games, Interaction, and Simulation
Abbreviated titleSGames
Internet address


  • Applied Games
  • Socio-Emotional Agency
  • Social Learning
  • Autonomous Agents
  • Social Intelligence


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