Computational Social Psychology showcases a new approach to social psychology that enables theorists and researchers to specify social psychological processes in terms of formal rules that can be implemented and tested using the power of high speed computing technology and sophisticated software. This approach allows for previously infeasible investigations of the multi-dimensional nature of human experience as it unfolds in accordance with different temporal patterns on different timescales. In effect, the computational approach represents a rediscovery of the themes and ambitions that launched the field over a century ago.

The book brings together social psychologists with varying topical interests who are taking the lead in this redirection of the field. Many present formal models that are implemented in computer simulations to test basic assumptions and investigate the emergence of higher-order properties; others develop models to fit the real-time evolution of people’s inner states, overt behavior, and social interactions. Collectively, the contributions illustrate how the methods and tools of the computational approach can investigate, and transform, the diverse landscape of social psychology.

part |12 pages


chapter 1|10 pages

Rethinking Human Experience

The Promise of Computational Social Psychology
ByRobin R. Vallacher, Andrzej Nowak, Stephen J. Read

part I|90 pages

Intrapersonal Dynamics

chapter 2|23 pages

Virtual Personalities

A Neural Network Model of the Structure and Dynamics of Personality
ByStephen J. Read, Vita Droutman, Lynn C. Miller

chapter 3|23 pages

Using Connectionist Models To Capture The Distinctive Psychological Structure of Impression Formation

ByBrian M. Monroe, Tei Laine, Swati Gupta, Ilya Farber

chapter 4|20 pages

The Whole Elephant

Toward Psychological Integration of the Individual as a Complex System
ByJennifer Rose Talevich

chapter 5|22 pages

Computational Modeling of Health Behavior

ByMark G. Orr, Daniel Chen

part II|126 pages

Interpersonal Dynamics

chapter 6|22 pages

Interaction-Dominant Dynamics, Timescale Enslavement, and The Emergence of Social Behavior

ByBrian A. Eiler, Rachel W. Kallen, Michael J. Richardson

chapter 7|17 pages

Computational Temporal Interpersonal Emotion Systems

ByEmily A. Butler, Jinyan Guan, Andrew Predoehl, Ernesto Brau, Kyle Simek, Kobus Barnard

chapter 8|34 pages

Mapping Co-Regulation In Social Relations Through Exploratory Topology Analysis

ByJonathan E. Butner, Arwen A. Behrends, Brian R. Baucom

chapter 9|30 pages

Dynamics of Synchrony And Joint Action

ByKerry L. Marsh

chapter 10|21 pages

From Interaction To Synchronization In Social Relations

ByRobin R. Vallacher, Andrzej Nowak

part III|79 pages

Collective Dynamics

chapter 11|27 pages

Simulating The Social Networks In Human Goal Striving

ByJames D. Westaby, DaHee Shon

chapter 12|23 pages

Computational Models of Social Influence And Collective Behavior

ByRobert J. MacCoun

chapter 13|27 pages

Modeling Cultural Dynamics

ByYoshihisa Kashima, Michael Kirley, Alexander Stivala, Garry Robins

part IV|59 pages

Transforming Social Psychology

chapter 14|21 pages

Models Are Stupid, and We Need More of Them

ByPaul E. Smaldino

chapter 15|17 pages

Big Data In Psychological Research

ByDavid Serfass, Andrzej Nowak, Ryne Sherman

chapter 16|19 pages

The Future of Computational Social Psychology

ByAndrzej Nowak, Robin R. Vallacher