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Modeling the Interplay between Conditioning and Attention in a Humanoid Robot: Habituation and Attentional Blocking
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Interaction Lab)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6568-9342
Lund University Cognitive Science, Lund, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Proceeding of The 4th International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (IEEE ICDL-EPIROB 2014), IEEE conference proceedings, 2014, 41-47 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A novel model of role of conditioning in attention is presented and evaluated on a Nao humanoid robot. The model implements conditioning and habituation in interaction with a dynamic neural field where different stimuli compete for activation. The model can be seen as a demonstration of how stimulus-selection and action-selection can be combined and illustrates how positive or negative reinforcement have different effects on attention and action. Attention is directed toward both rewarding and punishing stimuli, but appetitive actions are only directed toward positive stimuli. We present experiments where the model is used to control a Nao robot in a task where it can select between two objects. The model demonstrates some emergent effects also observed in similar experiments with humans and animals, including attentional blocking and latent inhibition.

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IEEE conference proceedings, 2014. 41-47 p.
Keyword [en]
General Principles of Development and Learning, Reward and Value Systems, Intrinsic Motivations, Exploration and Play
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Computer Vision and Robotics (Autonomous Systems)
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Natural sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10110DOI: 10.13140/2.1.3069.9523ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84920869208OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-10110DiVA: diva2:758739
4th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics, IEEE ICDL-EPIROB 2014; Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italy, 13 October 2014 through 16 October 2014
Neural Dynamics
Available from: 2014-10-28 Created: 2014-10-22 Last updated: 2015-03-09Bibliographically approved

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