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A lesson from robotics: Modeling infants as autonomous agents

By Matthew Schlesinger

Abstract

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

Topics: Applied Cognitive Psychology, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence
Publisher: Lund University Cognitive Studies
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:cogprints.org:2525
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