• Joseph Roxby student WLU
  • Nisha Chaundhry student WLU
  • Joseph Nolan instructor, WLU
  • Tifani Fletcher Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, West Liberty University, West Liberty, USA
  • Natalia Omelchenko-Comer West Liberty University


neural integration, human decision making, behavioral informatics


The personality of individuals defines their behavioral choices, but how exactly the personality traits are expressed remains uncertain, limiting our ability to create a computable model of a personality and predict behaviors. Here, we proposed a new functional personality model that is based on modern neuroscience advances and defined by four parameters: 1) The hedonic values assigned to different “pleasant” aspects of behavioral outcomes (homeostatic balances, improved social status, et cetera); 2) The aversive values of ”unpleasant” aspects (loss of sexual opportunity, potential of injury, loss of monetary reward, et cetera); 3) Summation parameters: discounting and dissolution parameters for simultaneously processed hedonic/aversive events; and 4) Threshold: the relationship between magnitude of predicted outcome and manifestation of behaviors. We expressed the idea through a mathematical formula, applied it, and at 0.90 power demonstrated that our model has an ability to estimate actual responses (Spearman's Rank-Order correlation = 0.5). Although more research and tuning are needed, we believe that our functional model may eventually allow accurate prediction of human behavior.


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How to Cite

Roxby, J., Chaundhry, N., Nolan, J., Fletcher, T., & Omelchenko-Comer, N. (2017). IN PURSUIT OF A FUNCTIONAL PERSONALITY MODEL. Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy of Science, 89(2). Retrieved from



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