Biological Models for Emotion
To gain a better understanding of emotional reactions in mammals, it's necessary to model their cognitive abilities at least in part. Indeed, animals must perceive and interpret their surroundings before they can feel emotions.
Researchers in various fields related to AI attempt to reproduce different aspects of biological creatures to simulate adaptive behaviors. Generally, systems are based on two different components: cognitive and emotional. This is often done in the spirit of nouvelle AI, but with additional biological insights:
The primary objective of such biologically inspired approaches is to build understanding in mammals. However, it's possible to investigate the benefits of emotions as a tool for creating intelligent creatures—with less focus on biological accuracy.