Three experiments assessed the development of children's part and configural (part-relational) processing in object recognition during adolescence. In total, 312 school children aged 7-16 years and 80 adults were tested in 3-alternative forced choice (3-AFC) tasks. They judged the correct appearance of upright and inverted presented familiar animals,… (More)
In this paper we describe how information processing constructs originating in AI have become part of the Attachment Theory tool kit. We survey the early influence of AI within the theoretical framework that John Bowlby formed as the foundation of Attachment Theory between the 1950s and 1980s. We then review recent work which has built upon Bowlby's… (More)
This paper presents a number of autonomous agent simulations as theories of infant attachment. In particular, the simulations model the behaviour of one year old human infants observed in Strange Situation studies. A key question this study is attempting to answer is, for a normal population of infants, why do responses tend to cluster into three groups of… (More)
This paper reports on an autonomous agent simulation of infant attachment behaviour. The behaviours simulated have been observed in home environments and in a controlled laboratory procedure called the Strange Situation Experiment. The Avoidant, Secure and Ambivalent styles of behaviour seen in these studies are outlined, and then abstracted to their core… (More)
BACKGROUND Previous research has shown that object recognition may develop well into late childhood and adolescence. The present study extends that research and reveals novel differences in holistic and analytic recognition performance in 7-12 year olds compared to that seen in adults. We interpret our data within a hybrid model of object recognition that… (More)
Advances in autonomous agent technology have resulted in the potential for implementations of multiple agents to act as psychological theories of complex social and affective phenomena. Simulating attachment behaviours in infancy provides a relatively simple starting point for this type of theory development. The presence of neurophysiological,… (More)
This paper focuses on supporting teachers in their management of group interaction using an open learner model to support on-the-spot classroom decision-making, according to the specific needs of individuals and groups.
This poster discusses the theoretical approach to epigenetic development found in Attachment Theory. It then presents autonomous agent simulations which demonstrate how attachment styles may be formed by novel epigenetic processes.