An Embodied Model for Sensorimotor Grounding and Grounding Transfer: Experiments With Epigenetic Robots
Article first published online: 11 FEB 2010
© 2006 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 673–689, July-August 2006
How to Cite
Cangelosi, A. and Riga, T. (2006), An Embodied Model for Sensorimotor Grounding and Grounding Transfer: Experiments With Epigenetic Robots. Cognitive Science, 30: 673–689. doi: 10.1207/s15516709cog0000_72
- Issue published online: 11 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 11 FEB 2010
- Received 16 June 2005; received in revised form 11 November 2005; accepted 27 February 2006
- Symbol grounding;
- Epigenetic robotics;
- Human-robot interaction;
- Embodied cognition;
- Language evolution;
- Grounding transfer
The grounding of symbols in computational models of linguistic abilities is one of the fundamental properties of psychologically plausible cognitive models. In this article, we present an embodied model for the grounding of language in action based on epigenetic robots. Epigenetic robotics is one of the new cognitive modeling approaches to modeling autonomous mental development. The robot model is based on an integrative vision of language in which linguistic abilities are strictly dependent on and grounded in other behaviors and skills. It uses simulated robots that learn through imitation the names of basic actions. Robots also learn higher order action concepts through the process of grounding transfer. The simulation demonstrates how new, higher order behavioral abilities can be autonomously built on previously grounded basic action categories following linguistic interaction with human users.