Theoretical explorations of cognitive robotics using developmental psychology
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AbstractHow can cognitive robotics inform developmental psychology researchers and what can developmental psychology tell us about creating robots? More importantly, how can cognitive robotics and developmental psychology nourish each other to become a symbiotic relationship for future research? We address the theoretical underpinnings of developmental change using a cognitive architecture implemented on a robotic system and how our theories of knowledge representation relate to critical periods of infant development. Next, we will show how descriptive theories of cognitive development, specifically Zelazo's Levels of Consciousness (LOC; Zelazo, 2000, Zelazo, 2004, Zelazo and Jacques, 1996), can be mapped onto a computational cognitive architecture (ACT-R; Anderson & Lebiere, 1998). Following our discussion of Zelazo's theory, we will apply the ACT-R architecture specifically to the problem of object permanence. Finally, we will address how cognitive robotics can serve as a computational proving ground of developmental psychology for future research.

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