Modelling the Dynamics of Collective Cognition: A Network-Based Approach to Socially-Mediated Cognitive Change

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A number of studies in the network science literature have attempted to model the effect of network structure on cognitive state fluctuations in social networks. For the most part, these networks use highly simplified models of both cognitive state and social influence. In order to extend these studies and provide the basis for more complex network science simulations, a model of socially-mediated cognitive change is presented. The model attempts to integrate ideas and concepts from a number of disciplines, most notably psychology, evolutionary biology and complexity science. In the model, cognitive states are modeled as networks of binary variables, each of which indicates an agent's belief in a particular fact.

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