On the Same Wavelengths: Emergence of Multiple Synchronies Among Multiple Agents

Sophie C. F. Hendrikse*, Jan Treur, Tom F. Wilderjans, Suzanne Dikker, Sander L. Koole

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Abstract

People spontaneously synchronize their mental states and behavioral actions when they interact. This paper models general mechanisms that can lead to the emergence of interpersonal synchrony by multiple agents with internal cognitive and affective states. In our simulations, one agent was exposed to a repeated stimulus and the other agent started to synchronize consecutively its movements, affects, conscious emotions and verbal actions with the exposed agent. The behavior displayed by the agents was consistent with theory and empirical evidence from the psychological and neuroscience literature. These results shed new light on the emergence of interpersonal synchrony in a wide variety of settings, from close relationships to psychotherapy. Moreover, the present work could provide a basis for future development of socially responsive virtual agents.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMulti-Agent-Based Simulation XXII
Subtitle of host publication22nd International Workshop, MABS 2021, Virtual Event, May 3-7, 2021, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsKoen H. Van Dam, Nicolas Verstaevel
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Chapter5
Pages57-71
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030945480
ISBN (Print)9783030945473
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event22nd International Workshop on Multi-Agent-Based Simulation, MABS 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 3 May 20217 May 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13128 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference22nd International Workshop on Multi-Agent-Based Simulation, MABS 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period3/05/217/05/21

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© 2022, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Keywords

  • Emergent synchrony patterns
  • In-Sync model
  • Social agent model
  • Social simulations

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