Looking to baboons to learn about human language
Using symbols and language is basic in human cognition. They rely on the flexible capability to encode bidirectional learned relation. The evolutionary origin of the development of this very human skill is still unknown, as recent experiments on non-human primates failed to trace bidirectional stimulus relations following a unidirectional learning. However, most of the applied procedures used results that were measured by specific motor outputs, and biases were tracked. The EU-funded SymBa project will construct new experiments using an innovative behavioural high-throughput platform to study baboon learning procedures using robotics and engaging models of AI such as recurrent neural networks. The aim is to unfold the symmetry emergence processes to explain the fundaments of human cognition.
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