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A computational framework for modelling inter-group behaviour using psychological theory

Bellamy, Rachel, Colombo, Gualtiero, Eshghi, Soheil, de Mel, Geeth, Giammanco, Cheryl, Morris, Rhodri ORCID:, Rand, David, Turner, Liam ORCID:, Whitaker, Roger ORCID: and Williams, Grace-Rose 2018. A computational framework for modelling inter-group behaviour using psychological theory. Presented at: SPIE Defense + Security 2018, Orlando, FL, USA, 15-18 April 2018. Proceedings Volume 10653, Next-Generation Analyst VI. , vol.10653 International Society for Optics and Photonics, 106530G. 10.1117/12.2309621

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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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Crime and Security Research Institute (CSURI)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Publisher: International Society for Optics and Photonics
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 July 2018
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2023 07:19

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