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Simulation of Psychological Processes: Basic Issues and an Illustration Within the Etiology of a Depressive Disorder

  • Harald Schaub
  • Günter Schiepek
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 58)

Abstract

This contribution is subdivided into two parts. The first section surveys some of the common approaches used to simulate psychological processes by means of models implemented on the computer, (a) Parallel distributed processing and connectionism, (b) the concept of production systems, (c) semantic and propositional networks, (d) differences and differential equation sets and (e) cellular automata will be presented. In the second part, the concept of production systems will be used to simulate a concrete example of the development of a depressive disorder. The recursive nesting of seven relevant variables serves as the basis for this simulation. The variables were obtained by the detailed analysis of an individual case study. The simulation, formulated in 46 productions (IF-THEN rules) underwent extensive model testing.

Keywords

Production System Cellular Automaton Psychological Process Semantic Network Coping Effort 
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  • Harald Schaub
  • Günter Schiepek

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