Real Emotions for Simulated Social Networks

  • Pietro Cipresso
  • Luigi Sellitti
  • Nadia El Assawy
  • Federica Galli
  • Anna Balgera
  • Jean Marie Dembele
  • Marco Villamira
  • Giuseppe Riva


In this study we analyzed how to consider real emotions in complex networks. The main idea is to understand subjects’ behaviors in specific situations, such as social network sites navigation, to use these information in modeling complex phenomena. We suggest the use of agent-based models, since this is a flexible and powerful tool in complex systems modeling; moreover such models are able to include behavioral cues for heterogeneous agents: this is an important property above all considering the study of networked agents representing subjects and relationships.

To have a precise idea about the subjects’ behavior during social network site navigation, we used wearable biosensors in an experiment with 28 subjects to assess cardiorespiratory aspects (using a belt respiration sensor and a electrocardiogram), and facial cues (using two facial electromyography sensors). Subjects showed an optimal experience during navigation and this information gave us the chance to discuss an example of information diffusion using both a mathematical model and an agent-based model.


Affective State Artificial Agent Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia Emotional Valence Physiological Arousal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pietro Cipresso
    • 1
  • Luigi Sellitti
    • 2
  • Nadia El Assawy
    • 2
  • Federica Galli
    • 2
  • Anna Balgera
    • 3
  • Jean Marie Dembele
    • 4
  • Marco Villamira
    • 3
  • Giuseppe Riva
    • 5
  1. 1.Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology LabIRCCS Istituto Auxologico ItalianoMilanItaly
  2. 2.Division of Neurology and NeurorehabilitationSan Giuseppe Hospital, IRCCS Istituto Auxologico ItalianoPiancavallo (VB)Italy
  3. 3.IULM UniversityMilanItaly
  4. 4.Université Cheikh Anta DiopDakarRepublic of Senegal
  5. 5.Psychology DepartmentCatholic University of Milan, ItalyMilanItaly

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