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A lesson from robotics: Modeling infants as autonomous agents

By Matthew Schlesinger


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
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