Accession Number:

ADA434714

Title:

Discriminating Animate from Inanimate Visual Stimuli

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2000-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

From as early as 6 months of age, human children distinguish between motion patterns generated by animate objects from patterns generated by moving inanimate objects, even when the only stimulus that the child observes is a single point of light moving against a blank background. The mechanisms by which the animateinanimate distinction are made are unknown, but have been shown to rely only upon the spatial and temporal properties of the movement. In this paper, I present both a multi-agent architecture that performs this classification as well as detailed comparisons of the individual agent contributions against human baselines.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE