Emotional Perception for Updating Agents' Beliefs

Alfonso, B., Pynadath, D. V., Lhommet, M. and Marsella, S. (2015) Emotional Perception for Updating Agents' Beliefs. In: International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2015), Xi'an, China, 21-24 Sep 2015, pp. 201-207. ISBN 9781479999538 (doi: 10.1109/ACII.2015.7344572)

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The relative influence of perception and situation in emotional judgments has been extensively debated in psychology. A main issue in this debate concerns how these sources of information are integrated. This work proposes a method able to make probabilistic predictions of appraisals of other agents, using mental models of those agents. From these appraisal predictions, predictions about another agent's expressions are made, integrated with observations of the other agent's ambiguous emotional expressions using Bayesian techniques, resulting in updates to the agent's mental models. Our method is inspired by psychological work on human interpretation of emotional expressions. We demonstrate how these appraisals of others' emotions and observations of their expressions can be an integral part of an agent capable of Theory of Mind reasoning.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Marsella, Professor Stacy
Authors: Alfonso, B., Pynadath, D. V., Lhommet, M., and Marsella, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience

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