Social meta-learning: Learning how to make use of others as a resource for learning

Date
2014
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Print ISSN
0922-6389
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Publisher
IOS Press
Volume
273
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63 - 69
Language
English
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Book Chapter
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Series
Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Abstract

While there is general consensus that robust forms of social learning enable the possibility of human cultural evolution, the specific nature, origins, and development of such learning mechanisms remains an open issue. The current paper offers an action-based approach to the study of social learning in general and imitation learning in particular. From this action-based perspective, imitation itself undergoes learning and development and is modeled as an instance of social meta-learning-children learning how to use others as a resource for further learning. This social meta-learning perspective is then applied empirically to an ongoing debate about the reason children imitate causally unnecessary actions while learning about a new artifact (i.e., over-imitate). Results suggest that children over-imitate because it is the nature of learning about social realities in which cultural artifacts are a central aspect. © 2014 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved.

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Book Title
Sociable Robots and the Future of Social Relations
Keywords
Artificial intelligence, Learning to learn, Social learning, Social ontology, Ontology
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Published Version (Please cite this version)