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ERIC Number: EJ799248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 39
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0364-0213
Bootstrapping Cognition from Behavior--A Computerized Thought Experiment
Moller, Ralf; Schenck, Wolfram
Cognitive Science, v32 n3 p504-542 Apr 2008
We show that simple perceptual competences can emerge from an internal simulation of action effects and are thus grounded in behavior. A simulated agent learns to distinguish between dead ends and corridors without the necessity to represent these concepts in the sensory domain. Initially, the agent is only endowed with a simple value system and the means to extract low-level features from an image. In the interaction with the environment, it acquires a visuo-tactile forward model that allows the agent to predict how the visual input is changing under its movements, and whether movements will lead to a collision. From short-term predictions based on the forward model, the agent learns an inverse model. The inverse model in turn produces suggestions about which actions should be simulated in long-term predictions, and long-term predictions eventually give rise to the perceptual ability. (Contains 14 figures, 1 table, and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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