Enhancing the Realism of Simulation (EROS): On Implementing and Developing Psychological Theory in Social Simulation

Wander Jager*

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Using psychological theory in agent formalisations is relevant to capture behavioural phenomena in simulation models (Enhance Realism Of Simulation - EROS). Whereas the potential contribution of psychological theory is important, also a number of challenges and problems in doing so are discussed. Next examples of implementations of psychological theory are being presented, ranging from simple implementations ( KISS) of rather isolated theories to extended models that integrate different theoretical perspectives. The role of social simulation in developing dynamic psychological theory and integrated social psychological modelling is discussed. We conclude with some fundamental limitations and challenges concerning the modelling of human needs, cognition and behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14
Number of pages15
JournalJasss-The journal of artificial societies and social simulation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30-Jun-2017


  • Psychology
  • Theory
  • Needs
  • Norms
  • Cognition
  • Attitudes

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