Social Science

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[2] viXra:1506.0200 [pdf] replaced on 2017-05-10 06:28:41

Understanding Social-Force Model in Psychological Principles of Collective Behavior

Authors: Peng Wang
Comments: 6 Pages.

To well understand crowd behavior, microscopic models have been developed in recent decades, in which an individual’s behavioral/psychological status can be modeled and simulated. A well-known model is the social-force model innovated by physical scientists (Helbing and Molnar, 1995; Helbing, Farkas and Vicsek, 2000; Helbing et al., 2002). This model has been widely accepted and mainly used in simulation of crowd evacuation in the past decade. A problem, however, is that the testing results of the model were not explained in consistency with the social-psychological findings, resulting in misunderstanding of the model by social-psychologists. This paper will bridge the gap between psychological studies and physical explanation about this model. We interpret this physics-based model from a psychological perspective, clarifying that the model is consistent with psychological studies on stress, including time-related stress and interpersonal stress. The simulation result of the model actually reflects Yerkes–Dodson law, explicating how stress could improve or impair human performances in a collective sense.
Category: Social Science

[1] viXra:1506.0053 [pdf] submitted on 2015-06-07 04:17:28

Histo-Physics: Social Systems & Human Narratives

Authors: Stephen I. Ternyik
Comments: 2 Pages.

This brief paper explores the physical theory of human history and the deep interplay of social systems evolution & human narratives, i.e. history as the psychophysical record of human development via free choice vs. all forms of 'slavery'.
Category: Social Science