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Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems. Lund University Cognitive Studies, 135. Infants Attribute Goals to Acts Produced by Human and Object Agents

By Chi-tai Huang and Hsiao-hua Chen


A debate has been goingastowhetherinfants’ability to represent acts in terms of goals is sensitive to motions performed by people only (the mirror neuron systems theory) or to a variety of cues through which infants apply the principle of rational action to both human and inanimate agents (the teleological stance theory). Solution to the above issue is timely and important (for notable examples, see Sommerville, Woodward and Needham, 2005; Biro and Leslie, 2006). Robotic scientists have begun to use such knowledge to design robots that mimic human biomechanical movements, to which infants are likely to attribute goals or intentions (Kamewari, Kato, Kanda, Ishiguro and Hiraki, 2005). Using an eye tracking technique (Tobii 1750), the study reported here presents an attempt to evaluate the mirror neuron systems theory (Gallese, Fadiga, Fogass

Year: 2011
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