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A Variational Approach to Scripts

Albarracin, M; Constant, A; Friston, KJ; Ramstead, MJD; (2021) A Variational Approach to Scripts. Frontiers in Psychology , 12 , Article 585493. 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.585493. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper proposes a formal reconstruction of the script construct by leveraging the active inference framework, a behavioral modeling framework that casts action, perception, emotions, and attention as processes of (Bayesian or variational) inference. We propose a first principles account of the script construct that integrates its different uses in the behavioral and social sciences. We begin by reviewing the recent literature that uses the script construct. We then examine the main mathematical and computational features of active inference. Finally, we leverage the resources of active inference to offer a formal model of scripts. Our integrative model accounts for the dual nature of scripts (as internal, psychological schema used by agents to make sense of event types and as constitutive behavioral categories that make up the social order) and also for the stronger and weaker conceptions of the construct (which do and do not relate to explicit action sequences, respectively).

Type: Article
Title: A Variational Approach to Scripts
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.585493
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.585493
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2021 Albarracin, Constant, Friston and Ramstead. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Keywords: script theory, social scripts, variational free-energy principle, active inference, Bayesian reasoning
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Imaging Neuroscience
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10133760
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