How can we define intrinsic motivation ?

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer 1 Frédéric Kaplan 2
1 Flowers - Flowing Epigenetic Robots and Systems
Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest, U2IS - Unité d'Informatique et d'Ingénierie des Systèmes
Abstract : Intrinsic motivation is a crucial mechanism for open-ended cognitive development since it is the driver of spontaneous exploration and curiosity. Yet, it has so far only been conceptualized in ad hoc manners in the epigenetic robotics com- munity. After reviewing different approaches to intrinsic motivation in psychology, this pa- per presents a unified definition of intrinsic mo- tivation, based on the theory of Daniel Berlyne. Based on this definition, we propose a landscape of types of computational approaches, making it possible to position existing and future models rel- ative to each other, and we show that important approaches are still to be explored.
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Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Frédéric Kaplan. How can we define intrinsic motivation ?. the 8th International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems, 2008, Brighton, United Kingdom. ⟨inria-00420175⟩

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