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avatars, gesture, smileys, body language, brain, homunculus, virtual worlds
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Why does the tail wag the brain? What is virtual autism? Why can't our avatars walk hand-in-hand? Will a nonverbal Babel fish save the world? Jeffrey Ventrella, a seasoned virtual worlds programmer and visual language expert, reviews the history of avatars, smileys, and other expressive forms, and considers a future of spectacular creativity. This book combines thoughtful scholarship with amusing anecdotes from the trenches of Silicon Valley. Virtual Body Language presents a thorough analysis of the neurological, linguistic, aesthetic, and technical aspects of how nonverbal communication can be distributed over the internet. Based on nearly a decade of avatar development, Ventrella has the practical foundation on which to justify even the most outrageous claims, regarding what "avatar" might mean in the future.
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Ventrella, J. J. (2011). Virtual Body Language – The History and Future of Avatars: How Nonverbal Expression is Evolving on the Internet. Pittsburgh, PA: ETC Press. http://repository.cmu.edu/etcpress/10