Construct Validity and Theoretical Embeddedness of Agent-based Models of Normative Behaviour

By Maria Xenitidou and Corinna Elsenbroich.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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In this paper we assess the construct validity and theoretical emdeddedness of agent-based models of normative behaviour drawing on experimental social psychology. We contend that social psychology and agent-based modelling share the focus of ‘observing’ the processes and outcomes of the interaction of individual agents. The paper focuses on two from a taxonomy of agent-based models of normative behaviour. This enables the identification of the assumptions the models are built on and in turn, reflection on the assumptions themselves from a socio-psychological perspective.

Keywords: Agent-Based Modelling, Social Psychology, Normative Behaviour, Norms, Construct Validity

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.67-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 661.211KB).

Dr. Maria Xenitidou

Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

Maria Xenitidou is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS) in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey. She has a background in research methods, social and rhetorical psychology and social geography. She has worked on projects involving the identification of methodological innovations and the exploration of normative behaviour. Her main interests are in Social Norms (as dynamic, shifting, situated and situational understandings of conduct), Research Methods (Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods, Methodological Innovations and Developments), Identity Issues (Cultural, Ethnic and National Identities), Migration and Minorities (Social Impact, National and EU Policy Framework).

Dr. Corinna Elsenbroich

Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

Corinna Elsenbroich is a Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Surrey at the Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS). Her research background is in philosophy of science and computer science. Her research interests are the methodology of simulation in the social sciences and the interrelations between reasoning, decision making and action. Her current research assesses the role of simulation research for the understanding of normative behaviour.

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