Deficient gaze pattern during virtual multiparty conversation in patients with schizophrenia

Kiwan Han, Jungeun Shin, Sang Young Yoon, Dong Pyo Jang, Jae-Jin Kim

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Abstract

Virtual reality has been used to measure abnormal social characteristics, particularly in one-to-one situations. In real life, however, conversations with multiple companions are common and more complicated than two-party conversations. In this study, we explored the features of social behaviors in patients with schizophrenia during virtual multiparty conversations. Twenty-three patients with schizophrenia and 22 healthy controls performed the virtual three-party conversation task, which included leading and aiding avatars, positive- and negative-emotion-laden situations, and listening and speaking phases. Patients showed a significant negative correlation in the listening phase between the amount of gaze on the between-avatar space and reasoning ability, and demonstrated increased gaze on the between-avatar space in the speaking phase that was uncorrelated with attentional ability. These results suggest that patients with schizophrenia have active avoidance of eye contact during three-party conversations. Virtual reality may provide a useful way to measure abnormal social characteristics during multiparty conversations in schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-66
Number of pages7
JournalComputers in Biology and Medicine
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun 1

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Han, Kiwan ; Shin, Jungeun ; Yoon, Sang Young ; Jang, Dong Pyo ; Kim, Jae-Jin. / Deficient gaze pattern during virtual multiparty conversation in patients with schizophrenia. In: Computers in Biology and Medicine. 2014 ; Vol. 49, No. 1. pp. 60-66.
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In: Computers in Biology and Medicine, Vol. 49, No. 1, 01.06.2014, p. 60-66.

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