In Search of the Neural Circuits of Intrinsic Motivation

  title={In Search of the Neural Circuits of Intrinsic Motivation},
  author={Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Kaplan and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer},
  journal={Frontiers in Neuroscience},
  pages={225 - 236}
Children seem to acquire new know-how in a continuous and open-ended manner. In this paper, we hypothesize that an intrinsic motivation to progress in learning is at the origins of the remarkable structure of children's developmental trajectories. In this view, children engage in exploratory and playful activities for their own sake, not as steps toward other extrinsic goals. The central hypothesis of this paper is that intrinsically motivating activities correspond to expected decrease in… CONTINUE READING
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