Perturbance: Unifying research on emotion, intrusive mentation and other psychological phenomena with AI

Luc P. Beaudoin, Sylwia Hyniewska, Eva Hudlicka

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Abstract

Intrusive mentation, rumination, obsession, and worry, referred to by Watkins [1] as "repetitive thought" (RT), are of great interest to psychology. This is partly because every typical adult is subject to "RT". A critical feature of "RT" is of transdiagnostic significance-for example obsessive compulsive disorder, insomnia and addictions involve unconstructive "RT". We argue that "RT" cannot be understood in isolation but must rather be considered within models of whole minds. Researchers must adopt the designer stance in the tradition of Artificial Intelligence augmented by systematic conceptual analysis [2]. This means developing, exploring and implementing cognitiveaffective architectures. Empirical research on "RT" needs to be driven by such theories, and theorizing about "RT" needs to consider such data. We draw attention to H-CogAff theory of mind (motive processing, emotion, etc.) and a class of emotions it posits called perturbance (or tertiary emotions) [3,4], as a foundation for the research programme we advocate. Briefly, a perturbance is a mental state in which motivators tend to disrupt executive processes. We argue that grief, limerence (the attraction phase of romantic love) and a host of other psychological phenomena involving "RT" should be conceptualized in terms of perturbance and related design-based constructs. We call for new taxonomies of "RT" in terms of information processing architectures such as H-CogAff. We claim general theories of emotion also need to recognize perturbance and other architecture-based aspects of emotion. Meanwhile "cognitive" architectures need to consider requirements of autonomous agency, leading to cognitiveaffective architectures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of AISB Annual Convention 2017
EditorsJ. Bryson, M. De Vos, J. Padget
PublisherThe Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)
Pages145-151
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2017 Annual Convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour, AISB 2017 - Bath, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Apr 201721 Apr 2017

Conference

Conference2017 Annual Convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour, AISB 2017
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityBath
Period18/04/1721/04/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence

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    Beaudoin, L. P., Hyniewska, S., & Hudlicka, E. (2017). Perturbance: Unifying research on emotion, intrusive mentation and other psychological phenomena with AI. In J. Bryson, M. De Vos, & J. Padget (Eds.), Proceedings of AISB Annual Convention 2017 (pp. 145-151). The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB).