A model-based feedback-control approach to behavior modification through reward-induced attitude change

J. Ni, D. Kulic, D. E. Davison

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We consider the problem of trying to change the behavior of a person by offering him a sequence of rewards, with each reward granted only if he performs the desired behavior to a certain degree. We develop a suitable cognitive model based on well-established psychological principles, and then use this model to devise a control algorithm that controls the person's attitude. By exploiting psychological dynamics to drive his attitude to a large enough value in finite time, the person's behavior can be brought to any desired level. This approach has the significant advantage that, at the end of the time interval, no reward is needed to maintain the desired behavior. We consider both open-loop and feedback implementations of the algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 American Control Conference, ACC 2013
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventAmerican Control Conference 2013 - Washington, United States of America
Duration: 17 Jun 201319 Jun 2013
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/6573242/proceeding (Proceedings)

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NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


ConferenceAmerican Control Conference 2013
Abbreviated titleACC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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