Language Originated in Social Brains

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The question of the origins of language is today one of the central and hotly debated areas in human-related sciences and is directly relevant to the question how and why are brains became so profoundly social. All disciplines have something to say, from anthropology and psychology to linguistics, artificial intelligence, and complex systems science. Tremendous progress has been made recently, but there is not yet a widely accepted consensus yet. In my work, I have been engaged in different experiments with artificial systems (robots). They are endowed with several general cognitive mechanisms, for example categorization, associative memory, structure recognition, etc., and are then programmed to engage in language games, routinized local interactions which have a side effect that some sort of communication system with language-like features emerges. I have described these experiments in quite some detail in other papers and here I want to focus on the hypotheses that we tested and validated in these experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Brain Matters: Stances of Neurobiology of Social Cognition
EditorsO. Vilarroya, F. Forn I Argimon
PublisherEditions Rodopi. Amsterdam
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)978-90-420-2216-4
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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NameSocial Brain Matters: Stances of Neurobiology of Social Cognition

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O. Vilarroya, F. Forn i Argimon


  • Artificial intelligence


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