The Choice Between Bad and Worse: A Cognitive Agent Model for Desire Regulation Under Stress

  • Nimat UllahEmail author
  • Jan Treur
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11873)


It is a proven fact in social sciences that desires for food intake can occur as a result of negative emotions. On the other hand, a negative emotion like anxiety also brings along psychological health issues. In such a situation it’s quite a feasible option to get rid of the worse before the bad. In this paper, a cognitive agent model for food desire regulation is presented wherein Hebbian learning helps in breaking the bond between anxiety/stress and desire for food intake as a result. Simulation results of the model illustrate the food desire and its regulation.


Desire regulation Hebbian learning Expressive suppression Reappraisal Cognitive agent model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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