A Mechatronic Platform for Behavioral Studies on Infants

In this article the design and fabrication of a new mechatronic platform (called "Mechatronic Board") for behavioral analysis of children are presented and discussed. The platform is the result of a multidisciplinary design approach which merges input coming from neuroscientists, psychologists, roboticians and bioengineers, with the main goal of studying learning mechanisms driven by intrinsic motivations and curiosity. A detailed analysis of the main features of the mechatronic board is provided, focusing on the key aspects which allow studying intrinsically motivated learning in children. Finally preliminary results on curiosity-driven learning, coming from a pilot study on children are reported

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Taffoni, Fabrizio
Formica, Domenico
Zompanti, Alessandro
Mirolli, Marco
Balsassarre, Gianluca
Keller, Flavio
Guglielmelli, Eugenio
IEEE, Piscataway, NJ , Stati Uniti d'America
The Fourth IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, pp. 1874–1878, Rome, Italy, 24-27 June 2012
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