n South African Computer Journal - Presence as a means for understanding user behaviour in virtual environments

Volume 2000, Issue 26
  • ISSN : 1015-7999
  • E-ISSN: 2313-7835



Presence has become a key concept in characterizing and evaluating Virtual Environments. Our contribution is to show that current measures of Presence, as a metric of users' experience of Virtual Environments, are highly problematic: results from the literature cannot be repeated and it lacks a theoretical basis. We synthesize results from three experiments we conducted and in conclusion point the way to alternative approaches to the problem of characterizing Collaborative Virtual Environments.

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