Shane Bretz, Emily O'Leary, RPI Graduate Students

Shane Bretz, Emily O'Leary, RPI Graduate Students


Emily O'Leary:


Through a combination of simulation and comparison with cross-cultural ethnographic studies of tribal societies we can look deeper into potential mechanisms involved in social interaction. Of particular interest in this area is group decision making or consensus formation which in many tribal societies can be tracked by their decision to go to war and the effect it has on their tribe. There have been a number of multi-agent tribal simulations which utilized simplified agents to look into the decision to go to war. By using CLARION agents in simulating a tribal society we can simultaneously look into both the social-behavioral aspects of their decision making processes as well as the deeper psychological motivations and the impacts they can have.

Shane Bretz:

Abstract: Over the last decade convergent evidence from a variety of methodologies has challenged the primary role of rational deliberation in moral decision making.  Most researchers now agree that a more complex interaction exists between different cognitive systems, though disagreement over the exact character and role of these systems persists.  The present talk will detail the literature produced by some current process theories and attempt to extract a set of common principles. As well, the task of constructing a comprehensive computational model of moral cognition in CLARION is discussed.