A cognitive basis for theories of intrinsic motivation

Nisheeth Srivastava, Komal Kapoor, Paul R. Schrater

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Abstract

Since intelligent agents make choices based on both external rewards and intrinsic motivations, the structure of a realistic decision theory should also present as an indirect model of intrinsic motivation. We have recently proposed a model of sequential choice-making that is grounded in well-articulated cognitive principles. In this paper, we show how our model of choice selection predicts behavior that matches the predictions of state-of-the-art intrinsic motivation models, providing both a clear causal mechanism for explaining its effects and testable predictions for situations where its predictions differ from those of existing models. Our results provide a unified cognitively grounded explanation for phenomena that are currently explained using different theories of motivation, creativity and attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning, ICDL 2011
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011
Event2011 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning, ICDL 2011 - Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Duration: Aug 24 2011Aug 27 2011

Publication series

Name2011 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning, ICDL 2011

Other

Other2011 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning, ICDL 2011
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityFrankfurt am Main
Period8/24/118/27/11

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