Hedonic quality or reward? A study of basic pleasure in homeostasis and decision making of a motivated autonomous robot

TitleHedonic quality or reward? A study of basic pleasure in homeostasis and decision making of a motivated autonomous robot
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsLewis, M., & Cañamero L.
JournalAdaptive Behavior
Volume24
Issue5
Pagination267–291
PublisherSAGE
Abstract

We present a robot architecture and experiments to investigate some of the roles that pleasure plays in the decision making (action selection) process of an autonomous robot that must survive in its environment. We have conducted three sets of experiments to assess the effect of different types of pleasure—related versus unrelated to the satisfaction of physiological needs—under different environmental circumstances. Our results indicate that pleasure, including pleasure unrelated to need satisfaction, has value for homeostatic management in terms of improved viability and increased flexibility in adaptive behavior.

URLhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1059712316666331
DOI10.1177/1059712316666331