Cognitive Processing

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 375–378 | Cite as

Could positive affect help engineer robot control systems?

  • Markus QuirinEmail author
  • Joachim Hertzberg
  • Julius Kuhl
  • Achim Stephan
Letter to the Editor


Emotions have long been seen as counteracting rational thought, but over the last decades, they have been viewed as adaptive processes to optimize human (but also animal) behaviour. In particular, positive affect appears to be a functional aspect of emotions closely related to that. We argue that positive affect as understood in Kuhl’s PSI model of the human cognitive architecture appears to have an interpretation in state-of-the-art hybrid robot control architectures, which might help tackle some open questions in the field.


Positive Affect Planning System Behavioural Control Planning Layer Robot Control 
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© Marta Olivetti Belardinelli and Springer-Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Quirin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Joachim Hertzberg
    • 2
  • Julius Kuhl
    • 3
  • Achim Stephan
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of PsychologyUniversity of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Computer ScienceUniversity of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany
  3. 3.Institute of PsychologyUniversity of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany
  4. 4.Institute of Cognitive ScienceUniversity of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany

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