Attachment and cognitive architecture

Ian D Horswill*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


Humans are interesting combinations of mammalian drives such as feeding, child rearing, and group affiliation, with high level cognitive capabilities such as language and planning. In this position paper, I argue that the attachment behavior system is an interesting boundary case to examine because, while attachment in young children is extremely similar attachment behavior in other primates, it develops alongside high level cognition to quickly incorporate human-specific skills such as language. This makes it hard to fit cleanly into most agent architectures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmotion, Personality, and Social Behavior - Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium, Technical Report
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 AAAI Spring Symposium - Stanford, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 26 2008Mar 28 2008

Publication series

NameAAAI Spring Symposium - Technical Report


Other2008 AAAI Spring Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityStanford, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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