@inproceedings { mascarenhas10, abstract = {Currently, interactive virtual environments for inter-cultural training are mostly designed to train in a specific target culture, focusing on the communication aspects of that culture. We are currently pursuing a different approach, one where users learn to broadly cope with culture shock as they interact with virtual agents that can enact different synthetic cultures. To create such agents we propose an architecture that integrates cultural aspects in the way the agent feels and chooses its goals and actions, based on anthropological studies. This architecture was applied in an agent-based educational role-playing game that tries to promote inter-cultural empathy in young teenagers.}, address = {Pittsburgh, USA}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Culturally-Aware Tutoring Systems held in conjuction with the International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems}, keywords = {Virtual Agents, Cultural Behaviour, Educational Games}, pages = {25-35}, title = {Creating Virtual Synthetic Cultures for Intercultural Training}, year = {2010}, author = {Samuel Mascarenhas and Ana Paiva} }