Piagetian Adaptation Meets Image Schemas: The Jean System

  • Yu-Han Chang
  • Paul R. Cohen
  • Clayton T. Morrison
  • Robert St. Amant
  • Carole Beal
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4095)


Jean is a model of early cognitive development based loosely on Piaget’s theory of sensori-motor and pre-operational thought [1]. Like an infant, Jean repeatedly executes schemas, gradually extending its schemas to accommodate new experiences. Jean’s environment is a simulated “playpen” in which Jean and other objects move about and interact. Jean’s cognitive development depends on several integrated functions: a simple perceptual system, an action-selection system, a motivational system, a long-term memory, and learning methods. This paper provides an overview of Jean’s architecture and schemas, and it focuses on how Jean learns schemas and transfers them to new situations.


Optimal Policy Goal State Action Schema Static Schema Image Schema 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu-Han Chang
    • 1
  • Paul R. Cohen
    • 1
  • Clayton T. Morrison
    • 1
  • Robert St. Amant
    • 2
  • Carole Beal
    • 1
  1. 1.Information Sciences InstituteUniversity of Southern CaliforniaMarina del ReyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleigh

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