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Social Emotions in Nature and Artifact$
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Jonathan Gratch and Stacy Marsella

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387643.001.0001

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Modeling Theory of Mind and Cognitive Appraisal With Decision-Theoretic Agents

Modeling Theory of Mind and Cognitive Appraisal With Decision-Theoretic Agents

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(p.70) 5 Modeling Theory of Mind and Cognitive Appraisal With Decision-Theoretic Agents
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Social Emotions in Nature and Artifact
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David V. Pynadath

Mei Si

Stacy Marsella

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387643.003.0006

Agent-based simulation of human social behavior has become increasingly important as a basic research tool to further our understanding of social behavior, as well as to create virtual social worlds used to both entertain and educate. A key factor in human social interaction is our beliefs about others as intentional agents, a Theory of Mind. How we act depends not only on the immediate effect of our actions but also on how we believe others will react. This chapter discusses PsychSim, an implemented multiagent-based simulation tool for modeling social interaction and influence. While typical approaches to such modeling have used first-order logic, PsychSim agents have their own decision-theoretic models of the world, including beliefs about their environment and recursive models of other agents. Using these quantitative models of uncertainty and preferences, the authors have translated existing psychological theories into a decision-theoretic semantics that allow the agents to reason about degrees of believability in a novel way. The authors demonstrate the expressiveness of PsychSim’s decision-theoretic implementation of Theory of Mind by presenting its use as the foundation for a domain-independent model of appraisal theory, the leading psychological theory of emotion. The model of appraisal within PsychSim demonstrates the key role of a Theory of Mind capacity in appraisal and social emotions, as well as arguing for a uniform process for emotion and cognition.

Keywords:   Theory of mind, muliagent systems, social simulation, cognitive appraisal

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