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Dr. M. Afzal Upal

Dr. M. Afzal Upal

Defence Research & Development, Canada

Email: afzal.upal@drdc-rddc.gc.ca


Qualifications

Defence Scientist & Research Group Leader, Defence Research & Development Canada


Publications (selected)

  1. M. A. Upal. Memory, Mystery & Coherence: Does the Presence of 2-3 Counterintuitive Concepts Predict Cultural Success of A Narrative? Journal of Cognition and Culture, 11, 2011.
  2. M. A. Upal. From Individual to Social Counter-intuitiveness: How layers of innovation weave together to form multilayered tapestries of human cultures, Mind and Society, 11, 2011.
  3. M. A. Upal (2010) Finding the Sweet Spot: Is There a Fixed MCI-Template for Culturally Successful Folktales? In Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of Cognitive Science Society, pages 2733-2738, Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  4. M. A. Upal (2010) On Attractiveness of Surprising Ideas: How Memorability of Culturally-Counterintuitive Ideas Drives Cultural Dynamics, in Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of Cognitive Science Society, pages 742-747, Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  5. M. A. Upal & M. Harmon-Vukic (2010) Influence of Integration and Counterintuitiveness on Memory for Text, in Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of Cognitive Science Society, page 2417, Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  6. M. A. Upal (2010) To Be Subtle or To Be Clear?: Comparing Strategies for Changing People’s Attitudes Towards Social Groups, in Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of Cognitive Science Society, page 2406, Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  7. M. A. Upal (2010) Explaining the Minimal Counterintuitiveness Effect Without Assuming A Strongly Modular Mind, in Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of Cognitive Science Society, page 2411, Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  8. M. A. Upal. An Alternative View of the Minimal Counter-intuitiveness Effect, Journal of Cognitive Systems Research, 11(2), 194-203, 2009.
  9. M. A. Upal. Artificial Intelligence and Religion, Journal of Cognitive Systems Research, 8(3), 232-235, 2008.
  10. M. A. Upal & Predictive Models of Cultural Transmission, in Trajkovski & Collins (Ed) Agent-Based Societies: Social and Cultural Interactions, IGA Press, pp 51-58, 2009.
  11. M. A. Upal, L. Gonce, J. Slone, and R. Tweney, Contextualizing counterintuitiveness: How context affects comprehension and memorability of counterintuitive concepts, Cognitive Science, 31(2), 193-218, 2007.
  12. S Slone, L. Gonce, M. A. Upal, A, Tweney, R., & Edwards, K. Imagery effects on recall of minimally counterintuitive concepts, Journal of Cognition & Culture, 2007, 7(3-4), 355-367
  13. M. A. Upal & R. Warren (2007) Simulating the Emergence of Complex Cultural Beliefs, in Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Agent-based Approaches in Economic and Social Complex Systems, Berlin: Springer Verlag.
  14. M. A. Upal & R. Warren (2007) Towards A Knowledge-rich Agent-based Social Simulation in Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Computational Cultural Dynamics, D. Nau & J. Wilkenfeld (Editors), pages 87-96, Menlo Park, CA: AAAI Press (ISBN: 978-1-57735-342).
  15. M. A. Upal (2007) The Optimal Cognitive Template of Minimally Counterintuitive Narratives, in Proceedings of the 29th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, pages 1575-1579, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  16. M. A. Upal & R. Sama (2007), Effect of Communication on Belief Dynamics in Multi-Agent Systems, in Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM), pages 151-156. Oxford, UK: Taylor & Francis Press.
  17. M. A. Upal (2007) What is More Memorable Counterintuitive Concepts Interpreted Metaphorically or Literally?, in Proceedings of the 29th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, pages 1581-1586, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  18. M. A. Upal (2007) The Structure of False Social Beliefs, in Proceedings of the First IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life, pages 282-286, IEEE Press.
  19. L. Gonce, M. A. Upal, J. Slone, & R. Tweney, The role of context in the recall of counterintuitive concepts, Journal of Cognition & Culture, 6(4), 521-547, 2006.
  20. R. Tweney, M. A. Upal, L. Gonce, D. J. Slone, K. Edwards. The Creative Structuring of Counterintuitive Worlds, Journal of Cognition and Culture, 6(3), 483-498, 2006.
  21. M. A. Upal (2006) From Artificial Intelligence to Artificial Culture, in Cognitive Modeling and Agent-based Social Simulation: Papers from the AAAI-06 Workshop, M. A. Upal & R. Sun (editors) (ISBN 978-1-57735-284-6), Menlo Park, CA: AAAI Press.
  22. R. Alexander & M. A. Upal (2006) Fashion as Collective Behavior, in Proceedings of the 14th Annual Meeting of the North American Association for Computational Social & Organizational Sciences.
  23. A. Dakkak, M. Jackson, M. A. Upal (2006) Social Simulation of Knowledge Sharing and Reputation, in Proceedings of the 14th Annual Meeting of the North American Association for Computational Social & Organizational Social Sciences.