Double Loop Control Theory by William T Powers
Perfectionism at Work
Control Theory by William T Powers
Fear Conditioning 3 Agents
Fear Conditioning 3 Agents with Spatial Patches
Linear Ballistic Accumulator
Fear Conditioning using 2 Agent types
Double Loop Control Theory with Emotion Regulation and Intent
The Control of Perception
Romeo and Juliet
1.0 Fear Conditioning 3 Agents
Bipolar II dynamics
In this simulation an afflicted individual with Bipolar II disorder is put to treatment after 20 months the calibration of the medicine or treatment he recieves is such that it simulates the natural cycles of a "normal being". You can note by manipulating the parameters that sometimes too much treatment disrupts equilibria. Also note that in the state diagrams there are 2 limit cycles, the lower one being the healthiest as there are less changes.
The dynamic that prevents confronting climate change
The fact that we all strive to reduce psychologically inconsistent thoughts is a well-researched phenomenon. When we hold two conflicting thoughts in our heads we feel an overwhelming desire to reduce this conflict. This desire can be a powerful driver in the way we behave. Most of us are aware at some level that if we took the threat of climate change seriously we would need to completely change our routines and the way we behave. Flying off on holiday would be out of the question. Swimming pools would be a past luxury. Most of us would need to give up our cars and become vegetarians. The list can be extended almost endlessly. Very often, subconsciously, we try to reduce troubling and inconvenient facts by minimizing, ignoring or even by denying them. Could this be why we hardly talk about climate change even in the face of increasingly frequent extreme weather events and obvious signs that it is occurring now?
This subject needs to be openly talked about between us and in the press. The seriousness of global warming makes it a necessity. Only when this happens will politicians have the space and incentive to act on our behalf. But before this can happen we need to be aware of the reason why we avoid talking about this subject – this graph tries to illustrate the harmful dynamic that could be responsible for it.
Stress and Health Disparities
Linear Ballistic Accumulator with start point variability
Barry Richmond's model describing behavior and anxiety theory for the Milgram experiment. Richmond, B. (1977). “Generalization with Individual Uniqueness: Modeling the Milgram Experiments.” Technical Report D-2508-2, System Dynamics Group, Sloan School of Management, MIT.
Personal versus Situational Dynamics: Implications of Barry Richmond’s Models of Classic Experiments in Social Psychology by James K. Doyle, Khalid Saeed, Jeanine Skorinko Department of Social Science and Policy Studies Worcester Polytechnic Institute 2008
See also CLE Class Notes 2014
Managing Anxiety (2-Loop)
Counterfactual views in a selfreinforcing environment
Counterfactual views are claims or beliefs that are contrary to established facts. Such views can be extremely harmful. An example would be the false claims made by climate-change-deniers. This simple graph of two self-reinforcing loops illustrates that there are circumstances where such false beliefs strengthen once a sufficiently large number have accepted them. The mechanism, well documented by research in cognitive psychology, is frequent repetition, which makes such false messages appear ever more familiar and to take on an air of factual truth.
An effective leverage point would be for newspapers and TV station simply to deny to authors that want to spread counterfactual views access to their platforms. Whilst everybody has the right to express their opinion, does anybody have the right to invent their own facts in an attempt to undermine general well-being?
This model encodes both hierarchy relationships (brain and senses are part of an individual's body, which is, in turn, part of the environment), as well as causal relationships.
The hierarchy is containment and is represented by nested folders. The environment is modeled as a folder containing all objects of interest, including the individual's body as a whole system. The individual's body is modeled as a folder containing a brain and senses. The individual's body folder is contained inside of the environment folder to represent the idea that the individual's body is contained in, and is a part of, the environment.The brain object and senses objects are contained inside the individual's body folder to represent that the brain and senses together form an object and process that is internal to the individual's body (that is, is contained inside the individual's body and are part of the individual's body).