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To use program Interact on your computer

Download Interact.jar 

and

Download InteractGuide.pdf

or

go to obsolete Applet Version of Interact that runs in a browser 




Apply affect control theory to small-group processes

Go to Program GroupSimulator

Download guide to using GroupSimulator

Interact is a computer program that describes what people might do in a given situation, how they might respond emotionally to events, and how they might attribute qualities or new identities to themselves and other interactants in order to account for unexpected happenings.

Interact achieves its results by employing multivariate non-linear equations that describe how events create impressions, by implementing a cybernetic model that represents people as maintaining cultural meanings through their actions and interpretations, and by incorporating repositories of cultural meanings. The program's predictions can be, and have been, tested in experimental and field studies, and results consistently support the validity of Interact simulations.

Interact first and foremost is a research tool for examining the implications of Affect Control Theory. While the theory is simple - people try to have experiences that confirm their basic sentiments - detailed application of the theory is complicated by computations and data processing, and Interact is required to keep analyses from getting bogged down.

URL: www.indiana.edu/~socpsy/ACT/interact.htm