|Clip art: Clker|
First: consistent, precision of movement pattern, both in terms of size, position in the visual field and speed. Second: With slight facial adjustment and vocal expression, the avatar can present most basic emotions with the pattern with words--free of personal agenda, high-fashion outfit of the day or other distraction, allowing learner to focus on and either repeat or mirror the PMP and the emotion conveyed--not the gesticulating bozo up front. (There is a great deal of research in the psychotherapeutic literature on the interaction between therapist and client in face-to-face "instruction.")
Even when doing EHIEP work "live," ourselves, we have learned through review of haptic and psychotherapeutic research and classroom experience that the key to efficient HICP instruction is to assume a slightly robotic "persona" at times. (Note the EHIEP-bot logo in the upper right hand corner of the blog.) Any extraneous visual distraction can (literally) kill haptic anchoring. So watch yourself! (Preferably on video many times.) Your students are . . .