Physics Department Seminar University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Interest and Attention: Modeling interest level in a group of continuously interacting ideal individuals

Douglas Ogata
Physics Department and Geophysical Institute, UAF


How does the collective interest of a group evolve during a meeting? How can individuals affect the collective interest of the group? Here we model interest as a state variable of an individual, relating an individual's attention span as it changes over time through interactions and endogenous orienting. The presumed dominant factors dictating an individual's interest are: inherent attentional lapses, cues from peers, and a holistic forcing effect generated by a presenter. By allowing individuals' interest levels to interact and evolve, a variety of different scenarios can be investigated.


Friday, 24 October 2014
Globe Room , Elvey Bldg.
3:45 PM