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I’m a researcher and I’m currently conducting a research project. I will conduct a study where I would like to trigger different emotions using chatbots on a smartphone (e.g. on Facebook Messenger).

Are there any existing chatbots which are able to trigger different emotions intentionally (also negative ones)?

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    $\begingroup$ Emotions have to observed in a controlled environment first, which is a simulated world. A good example is “The Sims”, but a dedicated AI environment is maybe better suited. In “The restaurant game” an emotion lexicon was created out of player interactions with the aim to understand social behavior. After creating a chatbot which is able to trigger emotions at virtual agents, it's possible to discuss, if the results can be transferred into the real world. $\endgroup$ – Manuel Rodriguez Jan 2 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ @ManuelRodriguez I think most available socialbots are good (triggering joy). Do you know some bots which are nasty or confusing? $\endgroup$ – machinery Jan 4 at 10:48
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Emotions can of course be triggered by lots of different things. I think the most rich source could well be socialbots like Mitsuku.com and Zo.ai -- Steve Worswick is the owner of Mitsuku and may be interested in helping you by doing (appropriately filtered) chat log queries. You can get him on Twitter at @Mitsuku.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot. I have dropped some lines to steve. I also had a look at Misuku and Zo. They are very interesting and pretty intelligent but if a participant is using them for 30 minutes I think not a wide range of emotions is triggered (most of the time only positive emotions I think). $\endgroup$ – machinery Jan 3 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ I have played around with Mitsuku and Zo. These bots are mostly triggering positive emotions. Do you know bots which are nasty or confusing (writing garbage)? $\endgroup$ – machinery Jan 4 at 10:48
  • $\begingroup$ @machinery Mitsuku will get quite aggressive if you're agressive to it. If you want a mirror, check out replika.ai. $\endgroup$ – Julian H Jan 4 at 21:41
  • $\begingroup$ Do you know other socialbots like Mitsuku and Zo and cleverbot? I also like cleverbot because it can get pretty confusing and surprising discussions. Unfortuantely, cleverbot is not available in skype or facebook messenger. $\endgroup$ – machinery Jan 22 at 15:42
  • $\begingroup$ I was supremely unimpressed with Cleverbot unfortunately -- nothing I did with it was really coherent. But the "surprise factor" yes sometimes people like that, perhaps for entertainment. Replika.ai is a good one too. I typically talk about Jessie too but it doesn't appear to have been kept online facebook.com/JessieHumani $\endgroup$ – Julian H Jan 27 at 5:39

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