Negotiations in the Context of AIDS Prevention: An Agent-Based Model Using Theory of Mind

  • Jennifer Klatt
  • Stacy Marsella
  • Nicole C. Krämer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6895)


For the purpose of an AIDS prevention game, a model was developed that focuses on training safe sex negotiations. Non-player characters in the game are socially intelligent agents that are equipped with a Theory of Mind that allows them to reason about the mental processes and behavior of others. The underlying model for the negotiation about safe sex between player and agent was implemented in multi-agent simulation software. It consists of two agents who have different goals of either safe or unsafe sex, actions to achieve these goals, and the wish to come to an agreement. The model was evaluated for the agent-agent conversation to test the basic functioning.


Virtual agents negotiation modeling Theory of Mind AIDS prevention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Klatt
    • 1
  • Stacy Marsella
    • 2
  • Nicole C. Krämer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social Psychology: Media and CommunicationUniversity Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Creative TechnologiesUniversity of Southern CaliforniaPlaya VistaUSA

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