- Working Paper
We provide an agent-based model to explain the emergence of collective opinions not based on feedback between different opinions, but based on emotional interactions between agents. The driving variable is the emotional state of agents, characterized by their valence and their arousal. Both determine their emotional expression, from which collective emotional information is generated. This information feeds back on the dynamics of emotional states and of individual opinions in a non-linear manner. We derive the critical conditions for emotional interactions to obtain either consensus or polarization of opinions. Stochastic agent-based simulations and formal analyses of the model explain our results. Possible ways to validate the model are discussed. Show more
Journal / seriesarXiv
Pages / Article No.
SubjectAgent-based modeling; Emotions; Opinion dynamics; Polarization; Consensus
Organisational unit03682 - Schweitzer, Frank / Schweitzer, Frank
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