Am I Really Scared? A Multi-phase Computational Model of Emotions

Jason R. Wilson, Kenneth D. Forbus, Matthew D. McClure

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Abstract

We present a multi-phase model of emotions that integrates automatic and fast affective reactions with slower cognitive appraisals to create a final emotional appraisal that is grounded in previous emotional experiences. Affective reactions are the product of an analogical comparison between the current situation and similar cases in memory. This is followed by a cognitive appraisal to do a deeper affective appraisal of the situation. Finally, a retrospective appraisal of experiences generates affective memories that are available for future situations. We demonstrate this model on a problem solving task and show that the inclusion of affective reactions is successful in beneficially altering the selection of strategies in a problem solving task and captures broad patterns of emotional dynamics found in the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems
StatePublished - 2013
EventProceedings of the 2nd Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems - Baltimore, MD
Duration: Dec 1 2013 → …

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 2nd Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems
Period12/1/13 → …

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