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Avatar Psychology for Designers

This course covers the latest and greatest psychological research on avatars and is relevant to current and future designers of any medium that includes user self-representations (e.g., video games, virtual worlds, robots, automobiles, social media, etc.). By taking this course, you will be able to define digital and non-digital avatars and identify how they are applicable in everyday life. You will be able to differentiate between the types of relationships people have with their avatars and motivations for using avatars that are more or less similar to the self. The course will help you discern the importance different avatar attributes (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, attractiveness, personality, humanity, body type, hair, controllability) and avoid common harmful stereotypes in your designs. Finally, you will gain the ability to design avatars that harness their psychological power to influence users toward specific (hopefully non-evil) outcomes, even beyond avatar use. Dr. Ratan, the instructor of this one-of-a-kind course, is an internationally recognized scholar who actively publishes research on avatar psychology. He is also known for his jovial and engaging lecture style and believes that you learn and produce more when you are having fun. Hope you enjoy the course.

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Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 3 - 5 hours per week.
Starts Jan 24 (29 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Michigan State University via Coursera
Instructor Rabindra Ratan
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Language English
Subjects Programming Social Sciences Science
Tags Computer Science Social Sciences Life Sciences Software Development Psychology

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Rating 4.0 based on 1 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 3 - 5 hours per week.
Starts Jan 24 (29 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Michigan State University via Coursera
Instructor Rabindra Ratan
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Programming Social Sciences Science
Tags Computer Science Social Sciences Life Sciences Software Development Psychology

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