Category formation in self-organizing embodied agents

In this paper, I describe the implications for a general theory of category formation
of a set of experiments in which embodied artificial agents are evolved for the ability to accomplish simple tasks. In particular, I will focus on how categories might
emerge from the dynamic interaction between an agent and its environment, and
on the relation between categories and behavior. Finally, I will introduce and discuss the notion of action-mediated categories, i.e., internal states that provide indirect and implicit information about the external environment and/or the agent/
environment relationship generated through the execution of a behavior.

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Stefano Nolfi
Elsevier, New York, USA
Handbook of Categorization in Cognitive Science, edited by Cohen Henri and Lefebvre Claire, pp. 953–975. New York: Elsevier, 2017
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