Calling All System Dynamicists!
We invite you to participate in our workshop “Modeling Psychological and Sociological Dynamics” on Thursday July 23, 2015 at the System Dynamics Society Conference in Cambridge.
Register for the conference and attend the workshop — conference.systemdynamics.org
Led by Psychology Interest Group Co-Chairs Pascal Gambardella (a physicist) and David Lounsbury (a psychologist), we hope to provide you with unique insights into using psychological and sociological concepts (e.g., motivation, trust, morale, customer satisfaction, and burnout) as variables in system dynamics models.
Some people are skeptical about using these concepts in models and have labeled them as “soft” or “intangible.” They question whether these concepts can be measured or quantified. Yet these concepts can be essential for a model to properly address its objective or purpose. Come and learn how to integrate such variables into your models in useful, defensible ways.
We invite you to participate in our workshop as we describe the process (complete with activity diagram and decision tree) of transforming a psychological and/or sociological concept into a variable. We illustrate the detailed mechanics of building a model with these variables, and also discuss how to validate both the variables and the model.
Where else, but in our workshop, can you hear a discussion of Hamlet, the Stanford prison experiment, the Milgram experiment, burnout, family in crisis over care of a sick child, dynamics of HIV prevention and care, and riots? In addition, we have compiled a comprehensive literature search and used the resulting information to create the workshop, developed an associated annotated bibliography, and collected and generated example models in Vensim and iThink/Stella (see the conference website for our workshop materials).
Questions? Please e-mail Pascal Gambardella: email@example.com
and David Lounsbury: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Hope to see you on July 23rd!