Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Perceived Social Presence: Human Communication in Mediated Environments

Asst. Prof. Chad Martin Harms.

As computer interfaces are continually developing toward collaborative social interaction a key component to human computer interaction is often overlooked: the human. This proposed presentation takes a step back from the immersive virtual environments to discuss the intricacies of mediated human interaction as built through decades of communication and social psychological research. Co-presence, social presence, and co-orientation theories shall be presented as they apply to mediated interpersonal perception. Theoretical based nomology of several social psychological perspectives including involvement, intimacy, and immediacy will be discussed as they apply to human to human interaction as well as human to computer generated intelligence interaction. Specific discourse will focus on the challenges and difficulties of measurement and assessment of quantitative results. Interdependence between interactants, control and confounds of technological media, and asynchronous interactions provide difficulties to social science researchers. The importance of the topic of research has implications in areas of distance education, on-line support networks, organizational communication and a variety of areas focused on the development of new mediated communication technologies.


Asst. Prof. Chad Martin Harms  (United States)
Assistant Professor/Lecturer
Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Virtual Reality Application Cente, Faculty of the Human Computer Interaction Initiative
Iowa State University

Chad Harms is an originating faculty member of the new Human Computer Interaction Initiative at Iowa State University. He has been an awarded member of the first young investigators in virtual reality (YOUNGVR) and has published research in several top research journals.

  • Human computer interaction
  • Measurement
  • Social presence

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)