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A computational framework for modelling inter-group behaviour using psychological theory
Author(s): Rachel Bellamy; Gualtiero Colombo; Soheil Eshghi; Geeth De Mel; Cheryl Giammanco; Rhodri Morris; David G. Rand; Liam D. Turner; Roger M. Whitaker; Grace-Rose Williams
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Paper Abstract

Psychological theories of inter-group behaviour offer justified representations for interaction, influence, and motivation for coalescence. Agent-based modelling of this behaviour, using evolutionary approaches, further provides a powerful tool to examine the implications of these theories in a dynamic context. In particular, this can enhance our understanding of the escalation of hostility and warfare, and its mitigation, contributing to policy and interventions. In this paper we propose a framework through which social psychology can be embedded in computation for the examination of inter-group behaviour. We examine how various social-psychological theories can be embedded in evolutionary models, and identify ways in which visualisation can support the objective assessment of emergent behaviour. We also discuss how real-world data can be used to parameterise scenarios on which modelling is conducted.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2018
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10653, Next-Generation Analyst VI, 106530G (27 April 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2309621
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Rachel Bellamy, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Ctr. (United States)
Gualtiero Colombo, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Soheil Eshghi, Yale Univ. (United States)
Geeth De Mel, IBM United Kingdom Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Cheryl Giammanco, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Rhodri Morris, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
David G. Rand, Yale Univ. (United States)
Liam D. Turner, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Roger M. Whitaker, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Grace-Rose Williams, Defence Science and Technology Lab. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10653:
Next-Generation Analyst VI
Timothy P. Hanratty; James Llinas, Editor(s)

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