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Although we can often infer the mental states of others by observing their actions, there are currently no computational models of this remarkable ability. Here we develop a computational model of mental state inference that builds upon a generic visuomanual feedback controller, and implements mental simulation and mental state inference functions using(More)
If humanoid robots are to become commonplace in our society, it is important to understand how they are perceived by humans. An influent model in social cognitive neuroscience posits that in human face-to-face interaction, the observation of another individual performing an action facilitates the execution of a similar action, and interferes with the(More)
This paper presents ILGM (the Infant Learning to Grasp Model), the first computational model of infant grasp learning that is constrained by the infant motor development literature. By grasp learning we mean learning how to make motor plans in response to sensory stimuli such that open-loop execution of the plan leads to a successful grasp. The open-loop(More)
Being at the crux of human cognition and behaviour, imitation has become the target of investigations ranging from experimental psychology and neurophysiology to computational sciences and robotics. It is often assumed that the imitation is innate, but it has more recently been argued, both theoretically and experimentally, that basic forms of imitation(More)
Mirror neurons for manipulation fire both when the animal manipulates an object in a specific way and when it sees another animal (or the experimenter) perform an action that is more or less similar. Such neurons were originally found in macaque monkeys, in the ventral premotor cortex, area F5 and later also in the inferior parietal lobule. Recent(More)
The main role of the sensorimotor system of an organism is to increase the survival of the species. Therefore, to understand the adaptation and optimality mechanisms of motor control, it is necessary to study the sensorimotor system in terms of ecological fitness. We designed an experimental paradigm that exposed sensorimotor system to risk of injury. We(More)
Mirror neurons fire during both action execution and observation of a similar action performed by another individual [1]. However, this definition does not account for the existence of representational equivalence between execution and observation. To investigate this issue we recorded 68 neurons from area F5 of a macaque monkey trained either to execute(More)