An Integrative Framework for Modeling the Sense of Commitment

Duration: 
July, 2016 to June, 2021
Funding: 
EU Horizon 2020 - ERC Starting Grant
Research Area: 

The project, which is based primarily based at Warwick University (UK) and for which the CEU Department of Cognitive Science is a partner institute, will develop a theoretical framework for research on the sense of commitment, and create a suite of experimental paradigms for testing predictions generated by the theoretical framework. Combining theoretical research with carefully designed lab experiments, the project will illuminate how and when people are willing to make and honor commitments, and to rely on others’ commitments, and will also shed light on the emergence of a sense of commitment in young children. In collaboration with the  Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, the project will also lay the groundwork for autonomous robots that participate in commitments with humans (e.g. for senior citizens’ homes, factory work and rescue operations. By focusing on joint actions involving pairs of agents, it will illuminate the fundamental mechanisms underlying large-scale human social phenomena.