In social psychology, emotional contagion describes the widely observed phenomenon of one person’s emotions being influenced by surrounding
people’s emotions. While the overall effect is agreed upon, the underlying mechanism of the spread of emotions has seen little quantification and application to
In this paper, we explore computational models of emotional contagion by implementing two models (Bosse et al., Durupinar et al.) and augmenting them to
better model real world observations. Our additions include examining the impact
of physical proximity and authority figures. We show that these additions provide
substantial improvements to the qualitative trends of emotion spreading, more in
line with expectations than either of the two previous models. We also evaluate
their impact on evacuation safety in an evacuation simulation, ESCAPES, showing substantial differences in predicted safety based on the contagion model.