A computational model for flexibility in emotion regulation

Nimat Ullah*, Jan Treur, Sander L. Koole

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Emotion regulation is a vital psychological process that allows people to manage their own emotional states. Recent psychological research has highlighted the importance of flexibility in emotion regulation, such that people can alternative between different emotion regulation strategies. A strategy is chosen depending upon the demands of the situation. This means that healthy emotion regulation is context-sensitive. This paper presents a computational model which models this form of flexible adaptation in emotion regulation in a simplified scenario in which the person has to switch between expressive suppression and attention modulation in managing anger in different work situations. Simulation results are reported that illustrate the capacity of the model to display adaptivity in emotion regulation across different contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)572-580
Number of pages9
JournalProcedia Computer Science
Volume145
Early online date11 Dec 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event9th Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, BICA 2018 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 22 Aug 201824 Aug 2018

Bibliographical note

Part of special issue: Postproceedings of the 9th Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, BICA 2018 (Ninth Annual Meeting of the BICA Society), held August 22-24, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.
Edited by Alexei V. Samsonovich, Christian J. Lebiere

Keywords

  • Adaptivity
  • Context
  • Emotion regulation
  • Flexibility
  • Psychopathology
  • Strategies

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