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Tinwell, A., Grimshaw, M., & Williams, A. (2011). The uncanny wall. International Journal of Arts and Technology, 4(3), 326–341. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Peer reviewed
BibTeX citation key: Tinwell2011c
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Categories: General
Keywords: Psychology, Uncanny
Creators: Grimshaw, Tinwell, Williams
Collection: International Journal of Arts and Technology
"This paper proposes that increasing technological sophistication in the creation of realism for human-like, virtual characters is matched by increasing technological discernment on the part of the viewer. One of the goals for achieving a realism that is believable for virtual characters is to overcome the Uncanny Valley where perceived strangeness or familiarity is rated against perceived human-likeness. Empirical evidence shows that the Uncanny can be applied to virtual characters, yet implies a more complex picture than the shape of a deep valley with a sharp gradient as depicted in Mori’s original plot of the Uncanny Valley. Our results imply that: (1) perceived familiarity is dependent upon a wider range of variables other than appearance and behaviour and (2) for realistic, human-like characters, the Uncanny Valley is an impossible traverse, is not supported fully by empirical evidence and the concept is better replaced with the notion of an Uncanny Wall."
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