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I study he role of biologically-based motivations in the formation of socio-political phenomena using agent-based modelling techniques. In particular I look at how behaviour inhibition and activation, as well as interpersonal attitudes can shape the emergence of complex polities.
The ASNG simulates the emergence of social networks by introducing concepts from social psychology including personality, status and social/cognitive constraints. A wide range of networks are produced resembling those of real-world social networks.