Social Identity Dynamics in a World with Two Adversarial Groups


  1. Upal, A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
People’s social identity beliefs (i.e., their beliefs about their own group and other groups in their environment) can and do change over time. It is essential to understand how these changes happen if we are to develop techniques for influencing social identity beliefs of target audiences in expeditionary environments. The DRDC TIF Project 10az04: Human Terrain Visualization and Simulation aims to explore the feasibility of the design of a suite of computer tools that could be used to improve the CF personnel’s ability to assess the impact of various possible actions on people’s shared beliefs including their social identity beliefs. This report documents the results of the first year of work on the project which has resulted in the development of a simulation framework for understanding the dynamics of social identity beliefs in a world that consists of two groups that have an adversarial relationship with each other. At any given time, an agent can only maintain membership in one of the groups, called its ingroup, while the other group is referred to as its outgroup. We also discuss plans for generalizing the model to worlds consisting of multiple groups and agents having affiliations for multiple groups which are more representative of the real world.

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Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TN-2012-111 — Technical Note
Date of publication
01 Oct 2012
Number of Pages
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