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Agent_Zero: Toward Neurocognitive Foundations for Generative Social Science

Joshua M. Epstein


This book introduces a new theoretical entity: Agent_Zero. This software individual, or “agent,” is endowed with distinct emotional/affective, cognitive/deliberative, and social modules. Grounded in contemporary neuroscience, these internal components interact to generate observed, often far-from-rational, individual behavior. When multiple agents of this new type move and interact spatially, they collectively generate an astonishing range of dynamics spanning the fields of social conflict, psychology, public health, law, network science, and economics. The book weaves a computational tapestry ... More

Keywords: theoretical entity, software, neuroscience, social conflict, public health, network science, social philosophy, cognitive neuroscience, agent-based modeling, Agent_Zero

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691158884
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691158884.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua M. Epstein, author
Johns Hopkins University