An Adaptive Emotion Reading Model


This paper focuses on how capabilities to interpret somebody else’s emotions can be modelled in an adaptive manner. First a cognitive model to generate emotional states is described. This model involves a recursive body loop: a converging positive feedback loop based on reciprocal causation between body states and emotions felt. By this model emotion reading can be modelled taking into account the Simulation Theory perspective on mindreading as known from the literature, which assumes that the own emotions are involved in reading somebody else’s emotions. It is shown how the model was extended to an adaptive model within which a direct connection between a stimulus and the emotion recognition is created, which implies that in principle the observed emotion can be recognised just before it is felt.

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