I am a researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, CNR, in Rome. You can look at my publications, or at my curriculum vitae, or contact me: giovanni.pezzulo(AT)istc.cnr.it I got a degree in Philosophy of Science and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology. My interests are both theoretical and computational, with several topics: anticipation and anticipatory behavior (in the framework of the EU funded project MindRACES); cognitive architectures (trying to bridge sensorimotor interaction with high-level cognitive capabilities such as practical reasoning); goal-oriented behavior; representations (theoretical and computational models); motivations (and their roles in determining behavior); decision making (theoretical and computational models, some experimental work).

Monday, 5 February 2007

what is anticipation?

Expectation is an ambiguous word. Sometimes it coincides with hope (or fear), sometimes with forecast, and sometimes it implies both. NOT just a simple forecast or prediction that can be defined as a belief that a certain future event p is (more or less) probable, and it involves no necessary personal concern or goal about p. By expectation we mean an internally represented wish or goal about a future event together with the belief that the (un)desired outcome is possible or (more or less) probable.

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