A computational model of affective moral decision making that predicts human criminal choices

Matthijs A. Pontier, Jean-Louis van Gelder, Reinout E. De Vries

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Abstract

In the present paper we show that a computational model of affective moral decision making can fit human behavior data obtained from an empirical study on criminal decision making. By applying parameter tuning techniques on data from an initial sample, optimal fits of the affective moral decision making model were found supporting the influences of honesty/humility, perceived risk and negative state affect on criminal choice. Using the parameter settings from the initial sample, we were able to predict criminal choices of participants in the holdout sample. The prediction errors of the full model were fairly low. Moreover, they compared favorably to the prediction errors produced by constrained variants of the model where either the moral, rational or affective influences or a combination of these had been removed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPRIMA 2013: Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems
Subtitle of host publication16th International Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, December 1-6, 2013. Proceedings
EditorsGuido Boella, Edith Elkind, Bastin Tony Roy Savarimuthu, Frank Dignum, Martin K. Purvis
PublisherSpringer
Pages502-509
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783642449260
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems, PRIMA 2013 - Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 1 Dec 20136 Dec 2013
Conference number: 16

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer
Volume8291
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349
NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
PublisherSpringer
NameLecture Notes in Bioinformatics
PublisherSpringer

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems, PRIMA 2013
Abbreviated titlePRIMA
CountryNew Zealand
CityDunedin
Period1/12/136/12/13

Keywords

  • Affective Decision Making
  • Cognitive Modeling
  • Criminal Decision Making
  • Empirical Data
  • Machine Ethics
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Moral Reasoning

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