Robot model for infant learning shows bodily posture may affect memory and learning
“This study shows that the body plays a role in early object name learning, and how toddlers use the body’s position in space to connect ideas,” Smith said. “The creation of a robot model for infant learning has far-reaching implications for how the brains of young people work.”
The research, “Posture Affects How Robots and Infants Map Words to Objects,” was published in PLOS ONE, an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal.
Using both robots and infants, researchers examined the role bodily position played in the brain’s ability to “map” names to objects. They found that consistency of the body’s posture and spatial relationship to an object as an object’s name was shown and spoken aloud were critical to successfully connecting the name to the object.
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