What is intrinsic motivation? : a typology of computational approaches

  • Intrinsic motivation, the causal mechanism for spontaneous exploration and curiosity, is a central concept in developmental psychology. It has been argued to be a crucial mechanism for open-ended cognitive development in humans, and as such has gathered a growing interest from developmental roboticists in the recent years. The goal of this paper is threefold. First, it provides a synthesis of the different approaches of intrinsic motivation in psychology. Second, by interpreting these approaches in a computational reinforcement learning framework, we argue that they are not operational and even sometimes inconsistent. Third, we set the ground for a systematic operational study of intrinsic motivation by presenting a formal typology of possible computational approaches. This typology is partly based on existing computational models, but also presents new ways of conceptualizing intrinsic motivation. We argue that this kind of computational typology might be useful for opening new avenues for research both in psychology and developmental robotics.

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Author:Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Frederic Kaplan
Pubmed Id:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18958277
Parent Title (English):Frontiers in neurorobotics
Publisher:Frontiers Research Foundation
Place of publication:Lausanne
Contributor(s):Max Lungarella
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2007
Date of first Publication:2007/11/02
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2008/11/14
Tag:cognitive development; computational modeling; curiosity; exploration; intrinsic motivation; reinforcement learning; reward
Issue:Art. 6
Page Number:14
First Page:1
Last Page:14
Copyright: © 2007 Oudeyer and Kaplan. This is an open-access article subject to an exclusive license agreement between the authors and the Frontiers Research Foundation, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original authors and source are credited.
Kommentar erschienen: How do we approach intrinsic motivation computationally? : a commentary on: What is intrinsic motivation? A typology of computational approaches. by Pierre-Yves Oudeyer and Frederic Kaplan / Cornelius Weber, in: Frontiers in neurorobotics, 2.2008, Art. 1, doi:10.3389/neuro.12.001.2008
Source:Frontiers in Neurorobotics (2007) 1:6. doi:10.3389/neuro.12.006.2007
Institutes:keine Angabe Fachbereich / Extern
Dewey Decimal Classification:0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht