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Cultural Network Analysis: A Cognitive Approach to Cultural Modeling

Cultural Network Analysis: A Cognitive Approach to Cultural Modeling
Cultural Network Analysis: A Cognitive Approach to Cultural Modeling
The purpose of this chapter is to describe a rigorous, end-to-end methodology for modeling culture as networks of ideas that are distributed among members of a population. The method, Cultural Network Analysis (CNA), represents an interdisciplinary synthesis of techniques drawn from the fields of cognitive anthropology, cultural and cognitive psychology, naturalistic decision making, and decision analysis. CNA is used to develop cultural models for groups and populations, typically depicted as a network representation of the culturally shared concepts, causal beliefs, and values that influence key decisions. CNA can be usefully employed for a variety of applications, including the design of tools to support multinational collaborative planning and decision making, the development of situated cultural training programs, and characterizing the cognition of target audiences to support strategic communications campaigns.
culture, mental models, cultural models, influence diagrams, epidemiology of ideas, ontologies, systems design
978-1615208555
237-255
IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
Sieck, Winston
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Rasmussen, Louise
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Smart, Paul R
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Verma, Dinesh
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Rasmussen, Louise
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Verma, Dinesh

Sieck, Winston, Rasmussen, Louise and Smart, Paul R (2010) Cultural Network Analysis: A Cognitive Approach to Cultural Modeling. In, Verma, Dinesh (ed.) Network Science for Military Coalition Operations: Information Extraction and Interaction. IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA, pp. 237-255.

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The purpose of this chapter is to describe a rigorous, end-to-end methodology for modeling culture as networks of ideas that are distributed among members of a population. The method, Cultural Network Analysis (CNA), represents an interdisciplinary synthesis of techniques drawn from the fields of cognitive anthropology, cultural and cognitive psychology, naturalistic decision making, and decision analysis. CNA is used to develop cultural models for groups and populations, typically depicted as a network representation of the culturally shared concepts, causal beliefs, and values that influence key decisions. CNA can be usefully employed for a variety of applications, including the design of tools to support multinational collaborative planning and decision making, the development of situated cultural training programs, and characterizing the cognition of target audiences to support strategic communications campaigns.

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Published date: 31 March 2010
Additional Information: Chapter: 11
Keywords: culture, mental models, cultural models, influence diagrams, epidemiology of ideas, ontologies, systems design
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 267740
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/267740
ISBN: 978-1615208555
PURE UUID: 4d7d5ec0-8a73-4905-99e3-fce6fc9bc413
ORCID for Paul R Smart: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9989-5307

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Date deposited: 09 Jan 2010 16:37
Last modified: 29 Oct 2019 01:53

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