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The inception of simulation: a hypothesis for the role of dreams in young children
Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för kommunikation och information.
Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för kommunikation och information.
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society / [ed] Carlson, L.. et al., Cognitive Science Society, Inc. , 2011, 231-236 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the present paper, we present an argument and an initial model connecting research into the functional role of dreams with simulation theories. Traditionally, although theories that describe the refinement of simulations exist, the origin of these simulations is not considered in detail. Similarly, research into the functional role of dreams tends to focus on adults, with less regard to the dreams of young children.

Here, we suggest that a functional role of dreams in infants through to early childhood may be the inception of these simulations. We show that the proposed model can present a unified explanation for functions of both the phenomenological experience of dreaming as well as other aspects of brain activity during sleeping, e.g. the processing of memories. Additionally, it explicitly provides an account for the development of simulations in early childhood, hypothesising that an initial function of dreams is the inception and development of simulations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cognitive Science Society, Inc. , 2011. 231-236 p.
Keyword [en]
Simulation Hypothesis; Dream functions; Cognitive Development
National Category
Computer and Information Science
Research subject
Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-99803ISBN: 978-0-9768318-7-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-99803DiVA: diva2:658258
Conference
The 33rd annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, July 20-23, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Available from: 2012-04-03 Created: 2013-10-21 Last updated: 2013-10-21
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1. Simulations
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2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is concerned with explanations of embodied cognition as internal simulation. The hypothesis is that several cognitive processes can be explained in terms of predictive chains of simulated perceptions and actions.

In other words, perceptions and actions are reactivated internally by the nervous system to be used in cognitive phenomena such as mental imagery.

This thesis contributes by advancing the theoretical foundations of simulations and the empirical grounds on which they are based, including a review of the empiricial evidence for the existence of simulated perceptions and actions in cognition, a clarification of the representational function of simulations in cognition, as well as identifying implicit, bodily and environmental anticipation as key mechanisms underlying such simulations. The thesis also develops the ³inception of simulation² hypothesis, which suggests that dreaming has a function in the development of simulations by forming associations between experienced, non-experienced but realistic, and even unrealistic perceptions during early childhood. The thesis further investigates some aspects of simulations and the ³inception of simulation² hypothesis by using simulated robot models based on echo state networks. These experiments suggest that it is possible for a simple robot to develop internal simulations by associating simulated perceptions and actions, and that dream-like experiences can be beneficial for the development of such simulations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013. 64 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1551
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-98050 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-98050 (DOI)978-91-7519-491-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-11-21, G110, hus G, Högskolan i Skövde, Skövde, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2013-10-21 Created: 2013-09-26 Last updated: 2013-11-26Bibliographically approved

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