We present a framework for cognitive modeling of esthetic decision making based on dynamic prototypes. Starting point of our work
is empirical evidence which shows that subjects’ initial ratings of attractiveness of objects can be influenced by adapting them to new,
typically more innovative objects. The framework consists of three steps: (1) Estimating an initial prototype from the ratings, (2) adapting
the prototype due to the impact of the new objects, and (3) predicting the attractiveness ratings for subsequently presented object by
their similarity to the adapted prototype. The framework allows representation of prototypes and objects as feature vectors containing
metrical or categorial attributes or as structural representations. Within the framework, a variety of similarity measures and similarity-torating
mappings can be explored to gain more precise insight into the cognitive processes underlying esthetical appreciations. We instantiated
the framework for a first set of data obtained in a psychological experiment. In this experiment subjects rated the attractiveness of
an initial set of chairs which varied in length of the backrest and the saturation of the color. Subjects then were adapted to a new set of
chairs with extreme values on both dimensions. Finally, subjects again rated the initial objects. The framework was instantiated with an
e-function to model the non-linear effects of variations in length and saturation on the judgements. Although there were only 25 data
points per subject, we got satisfying results in predicting the shift of esthetical judgements due to adaptation to novel stimuli.
Maintaining mobility despite the bodily, mental, or monetary challenges which often come along with advanced age is a relevant aspect of the quality of live. The collaborative research project EMN-Moves provides assistive technology for initiating and coordinating mobility support in residential districts. Mobility support is seen as a social task involving the interplay of housing societies, social organisations and residents of different age groups—with and without special needs. The project focuses on two aspects: (1) a Geo-Wiki for documenting temporary mobility barriers and for generating proposals for alternative routes, (2) a matchmaking service for bringing together (elderly) people who need support with volunteers.