Integration of psychological models in the design of artificial creatures
Bryant, Catherine M. and Jones, Gareth J.F. and Wills, A. J. (2004) Integration of psychological models in the design of artificial creatures. In: the Symposium on Emotion, Cognition and Affective Computing, at the AISB'04 Convention, 29 March - 1 April 2004, Leeds, U.K..
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Artificial creatures form an increasingly important component of interactive computer games. Examples of such creatures exist which can interact with each other and the game player and learn from their experiences. However, we argue, the design of the underlying architecture and algorithms has to a large extent overlooked knowledge from psychology and cognitive sciences. We explore the integration of observations from studies of motivational systems and emotional behaviour into the design of artificial creatures. An initial implementation of our ideas using the “sim agent” toolkit illustrates that physiological models can be used as the basis for creatures with animal like behaviour attributes. The current aim of this research is to increase the “realism” of artificial creatures in interactive game-play, but it may have wider implications for the development of AI.
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