Modeling the Mechanisms of Cognition-Emotion Interactions
November 7, 2014
MIT, Cambridge, MA
Data from affective neuroscience research increasingly suggest that emotion and cognition function in a highly interdependent manner. Cognition is necessary for many of the processes mediating emotion (e.g., cognitive appraisal), and emotions appear necessary for coordinating cognitive processing (e.g., affective biases facilitating coordinated cognitive processing) and adaptive behavior in general. However, the mechanisms mediating these complex interactions are not yet understood.
The goal of this symposium is to bring together researchers from computational affective modeling, and affective and cognitive science, to explore how computational models can contribute to an improved understanding of the of mechanisms mediating cognition-emotion interactions. Contributions are welcome from both applied modeling, that is, models embedded in agent architectures to enhance their affective realism, and from research models, focusing on identifying the underlying mechanisms.
Given the significant role that emotions play in the etiology of affective disorders, and the increasing interest by researchers in understanding the associated mechanisms, contributions are especially welcome from researchers studying the mechanisms of affective disorders and therapeutic action.
To facilitate cross-disciplinary discussions and interaction, the workshop format will emphasize moderated panels, small working groups, and open discussion, in addition to the traditional paper sessions. To this end, we encourage submissions of proposals for discussion topics, panels, small working groups.
Relevant topics include:
- Which processes mediating cognition-emotion interactions are sufficiently well understood to support computational modeling (e.g., affective biases on attention & perception; emotion regulation; cognitive appraisal)?
- How can models of these processes contribute to an understanding of their mechanisms?
- What types of data are necessary to develop these models, and how can these be obtained?
- How can we validate computational models of cognition-emotion interactions, and what are the limits of this validation (e.g., validation of detailed symbolic models hypothesizing specific internal mental constructs, such as goals or plans, may not be possible with current technologies).
- A number of therapeutic techniques have been shown to be effective (e.g., exposure to feared stimuli, acknowledgment of painful emotions, restructuring of distorted thought patterns, mindfulness). These techniques exploit the underlying cognitive-affective processes in ways that aren't yet fully understood. How might computational modeling help elucidate the underlying information processing mechanisms, to enable more targeted applications of these techniques?
- What are the relative benefits and drawbacks of the dominant theoretical perspectives on emotion with respect to computational models of emotion-cognition interaction and therapeutic action (e.g., discrete / categorical models, dimensional models (PAD), componential models)?
- What are the best representational and reasoning approaches for modeling cognitive-affective schemas and their transformation during therapy? Can we characterize the differences in these transformations across distinct therapeutic approaches
(e.g., cognitive, metacognitive, emotion-focused, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic)?
Submission & Dates
Extended abstracts (1-2 pages): Sept. 21, 2014
Notication of acceptance: Sept. 30, 2014
Symposium date: Nov. 7, 2014
Please email abstracts to: Eva Hudlicka (hudlicka at cs dot umass dot edu)
Symposium organizer: Eva Hudlicka, Psychometrix Associates & University of Massachusetts-Amherst