Logical Dynamics of Social Interaction: Social Influence

Fernando R. Velázquez-Quesada (Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands)

It is well-known that our social environment has an effect on us, our opinions and our information about the world. Indeed, our traits, features, preferences, beliefs and knowledge are transformed by the presence of others, with communication and social influence being two crucial ways our social contacts affect us. These phenomena are relevant not only for empirical sciences (e.g., social psychology) but also for theoretical ones (e.g., computer science).

This course discusses the fundamental ideas behind logical approaches for studying and reasoning about the way agents are affected by their social environment. Its main subject is recent proposals for modelling diverse forms of social influence, and its aim is to provide the participants with their key concepts, making emphasis not only on the underlying ideas but also on the main properties of their formal frameworks.