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Teams Frightened of Failure Fail More: Modelling Reward Sensitivity in Teamwork

Guo, S; Lim, SL; Bentley, PJ; (2020) Teams Frightened of Failure Fail More: Modelling Reward Sensitivity in Teamwork. In: Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI) 2020. (pp. pp. 109-116). The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Green open access

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Abstract

According to Gray's Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory (RST), individuals have differing sensitivities to rewards and punishments, which in turn affect their behaviours. The behavioural inhibition system (BIS) is associated with sensitivity to punishment while the behavioural activation system (BAS) is associated with sensitivity to reward. In this work, we model BIS/BAS by supplementing an existing agent-based model of team collaboration in order to explore the combined effect on team performance for a more complex and realistic personality structure. We investigate the significance of BIS/BAS on team behaviour for tasks with differing levels of uncertainty. Findings include a prediction that for tasks with uncertainty, a majority of personality types are significantly influenced by behavioural activation system, and that all personality types are significantly negatively influenced by behavioural inhibition system. The more sensitive to punishments, the worse teams perform.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Teams Frightened of Failure Fail More: Modelling Reward Sensitivity in Teamwork
Event: 2020 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI)
ISBN-13: 978-1-7281-2547-3
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/SSCI47803.2020.9308533
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1109/SSCI47803.2020.9308533
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: agent-based modelling, collaboration, teamwork, personality psychology, behavioural inhibition system, behavioural activation system
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10124666
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