Media Technology MSc

MSc Thesis


Modeling Emotional Contagion Based on Experimental Evidence for Moderating Factors


René Coenen




To date a lot of evidence has been found for the phenomenon describing the spread of emotion from one person to another called emotional contagion. Although there is a large body of research on this topic, research containing evidence for factors that moderate the process of emotional contagion, is limited and inconclusive. Furthermore most of these studies are done in a dyadic lab-setting and consequently little is known of the process of emotional contagion in groups. This study’s contribution is threefold: first a review is presented of the relevant psychological literature regarding experimental evidence for factors moderating the process of emotional contagion. We then present, for the first time, a dynamic computational model of emotional contagion to model EC in groups of agents, which is strictly based on factors that moderate EC found in the review. Finally a pilot study will be presented investigating several group contagion cases showing the flexibility and potential implications of this agent-based modeling strategy.

Full Reference

René Coenen, "Modeling Emotional Contagion Based on Experimental Evidence for Moderating Factors", Master's Thesis for the Media Technology programme, Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2012