A mechatronic platform for behavioral studies on infants


In this article the design and fabrication of a new mechatronic platform (called “Mechatronic Board”) for behavioral analysis of children are presented and discussed. The platform is the result of a multidisciplinary design approach which merges input coming from neuroscientists, psychologists, roboticians and bioengineers, with the main goal of studying learning mechanisms driven by intrinsic motivations and curiosity. A detailed analysis of the main features of the mechatronic board is provided, focusing on the key aspects which allow studying intrinsically motivated learning in children. Finally preliminary results on curiosity-driven learning, coming from a pilot study on children are reported.

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@article{Taffoni2012AMP, title={A mechatronic platform for behavioral studies on infants}, author={Fabrizio Taffoni and Domenico Formica and Alessandro Zompanti and Marco Mirolli and G. Balsassarre and Flavio Keller and Eugenio Guglielmelli}, journal={2012 4th IEEE RAS & EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob)}, year={2012}, pages={1874-1878} }