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Title: A small group interaction via videoconferencing : users' perceptions and the effects of communication conditions on cohesiveness, social presence, and sense of presence 
Author: Yamazaki, Miwa
Date: 2004
Abstract: This study investigated the effects of communication conditions on cohesiveness, social presence, and sense of presence in small group communication via videoconferencing and in face-to-face settings. It also observed the experienced users' preferences, their perceptions of interaction through the medium, and to what extent the users' feelings of presence associate with cohesiveness. The results revealed that among inexperienced users, there were significant effects of communication conditions on social presence, but not on cohesiveness and sense of presence: the significance was higher in face-to-face than videoconferencing. In conclusion, videoconferencing conveys social presence; however, users did not necessarily perceive sense of presence due to their inability to recognize some nonverbal cues, and their perceptions about videoconferencing that presumed such interaction was not as real as face-to-face. These perceptions were influenced by members' familiarity with each other and their familiarity with the technology that allowed them to anticipate and overcome distraction.
Description: Thesis (M.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2004. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 103-114). Also available by subscription via World Wide Web xi, 114 leaves, bound 29 cm
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Keywords: Videoconferencing -- Sociological aspects, Communication in small groups

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