Modelling Joint Decision Making Processes Involving Emotion-Related Valuing and Empathic Understanding

  • Jan Treur
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7047)


In this paper a social agent model for joint decision making is presented addressing the role of mutually acknowledged empathic understanding in the decision making. The model is based on principles from recent neurological theories on mirror neurons, internal simulation, and emotion-related valuing. Emotion-related valuing of decision options and mutual contagion of intentions and emotions between agents are used as a basis for mutual empathic understanding and convergence of decisions and their associated emotions.


Body State Action Option Level Versus Mirror Neuron Ownership State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Treur
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  1. 1.Agent Systems Research GroupVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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