An "everything but" framework for modeling emotion.

Coulson, Mark (2004) An "everything but" framework for modeling emotion. In: Proceedings of the AAAI Spring Symposium on "Architectures for modeling emotion: cross-disciplinary foundations". The AAAI Press. ISBN 1577351940. [Book Section]


The approach outlined here assumes that modeling and simulating emotion should arise from a specification of the underlying contexts which determine action, and not emotional experiences or the labels we provide for them. This paper is an attempt to outline these contexts, describe the variables which each necessitates, and show how formal models capable of predicting behavior may be produced. As such, the approach borrows heavily from William James’ definition of emotion as the experience of bodily change, although it expands on this by including all those other things whose outputs or representations contribute to emotion. In so doing, it co-opts a range of existing theories and findings from psychology and neuroscience in outlining that which must be specified in order to model an agent’s behavior. While the existence of emotion as phenomenal experience is not questioned, it is argued that the concept of emotion has no role to play in the explanation or simulation of behavior.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Forensic Psychology Research Group
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Item ID: 6429
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Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2010 07:31
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:20

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