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Dreaming of electric sheep?: Exploring the functions of dream-like mechanisms in the development of mental imagery simulations
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Interaction Laboratory)
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Interaction Laboratory)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1177-4119
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Interaction Laboratory)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6883-2450
2013 (English)In: Adaptive Behavior, ISSN 1059-7123, E-ISSN 1741-2633, Vol. 21, no 4, 222-238 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

According to the simulation hypothesis, mental imagery can be explained in terms of predictive chains of simulated perceptions and actions, i.e., perceptions and actions are reactivated internally by our nervous system to be used in mental imagery and other cognitive phenomena. Our previous research shows that it is possible but not trivial to develop simulations in robots based on the simulation hypothesis. While there are several previous approaches to modelling mental imagery and related cognitive abilities, the origin of such internal simulations has hardly been addressed. The inception of simulation (InSim) hypothesis suggests that dreaming has a function in the development of simulations by forming associations between experienced, non-experienced but realistic, and even unrealistic perceptions. Here, we therefore develop an experimental set-up based on a simple simulated robot to test whether such dream-like mechanisms can be used to instruct research into the development of simulations and mental imagery-like abilities. Specifically, the hypothesis is that dreams' informing the construction of simulations lead to faster development of good simulations during waking behaviour. The paper presents initial results in favour of the hypothesis.

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Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 21, no 4, 222-238 p.
Keyword [en]
Mental imagery, simulation hypothesis
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Computer and Information Science
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Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-8549DOI: 10.1177/1059712313491295ISI: 000322697200002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84881062703OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-8549DiVA: diva2:657034
Available from: 2013-10-17 Created: 2013-10-17 Last updated: 2015-04-15Bibliographically approved

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