Development of Self-cognition through Imitation Behavior

Takuma Okawa, Junichi Takeno

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We conducted a simulation experiment focused on the development mechanism of self-consciousness using a neural network structured by consciousness modules that we had developed called Module of Nerves for Advanced Dynamics (MoNAD), and succeeded in presenting a system relevant to the development of self-cognition and self-consciousness. This system can suppress, through learning, "imitation behavior as a result of the cognition of another" in response to a "behavior of avoiding pain after feeling the pain by oneself," and can "formulate" the cognition of oneself. These study results may be highly suggestive of the development of self-consciousness. In this paper, we describe the theoretical basis for the development of the self-cognition of our system, and discuss the experiment and observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-51
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia Computer Science
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event7th Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, BICA 2016 - Newyok City, United States
Duration: 16 Jul 201619 Jul 2016



  • Imitation Behavior
  • MoNAD
  • Neural Network
  • consciousness
  • self-cognition

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