A lesson from robotics: Modeling infants as autonomous agents

Schlesinger, Matthew (2002) A lesson from robotics: Modeling infants as autonomous agents. [Conference Paper]

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While computational models are playing an increasingly important role in developmental psychology, at least one lesson from robotics is still being learned: modeling epigenetic processes often requires simulating an embodied, autonomous organism. This paper first contrasts prevailing models of infant cognition with an agent-based approach. A series of infant studies by Baillargeon (1986; Baillargeon & DeVos, 1991) is described, and an eye-movement model is then used to simulate infants' visual activity in this study. I conclude by describing three behavioral predictions of the eyemovement model, and discussing the implications of this work for infant cognition research.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:autonomous agents, computational model, embodiment, processeseye-movement, infant cognition
Subjects:Psychology > Applied Cognitive Psychology
Computer Science > Machine Learning
Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
ID Code:2525
Deposited By: Prince, Dr Christopher G.
Deposited On:04 Oct 2003
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55


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