Scaffolding Cognition with Words

Clowes, Robert and Morse, Anthony F. (2005) Scaffolding Cognition with Words. [Conference Paper]

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We describe a set of experiments investigating the role of natural language symbols in scaffolding situated action. Agents are evolved to respond appropriately to commands in order to perform simple tasks. We explore three different conditions, which show a significant advantage to the re-use of a public symbol system, through self-cueing leading to qualitative changes in performance. This is modelled by looping spoken output via environment back to heard input. We argue this work can be linked to, and sheds new light on, the account of self-directed speech advanced by the developmental psychologist Vygotsky in his model of the development of higher cognitive function.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:self-directed language, cognitive bootstrapping, simple recurrent neural network, genetic algorithm
Subjects:Computer Science > Language
Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Computer Science > Robotics
ID Code:4980
Deposited By: Prince, Dr Christopher G.
Deposited On:23 Jul 2006
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56


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