TitleMechanisms for Social Norms Support in Virtual Societies.
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsVillatoro D, Sabater-Mir J.
Conference NameConference of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA08)
Conference LocationBrescia, Italy

Social Norms proliferate in societies as a mechanism for self- organization. This kind of norms are not enforced by a central authority and the individuals of the society are those responsible for their generation and maintenance. The maintenance process is what is known as norm support and is supported by several mechanisms like for example laws, social proof, dominance, etc. We believe that agent based simulation is a suitable technique for investigating this topic. In this paper we present a simulated society of virtual agents which helps us studying the effects of a social evaluation like the Image as a mechanism to ensure the norm support process in a society with liars. Intimately related, we also introduce the concept of Visionary agent (individual that can evaluate norms before trying them in the real society) and study its effect on simulations.