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Humans have the capacity to invent novel ideas and to create new artifacts that affect the surrounding environment. However, it is unclear how this capacity emerges and develops in biological systems. This paper presents an empirical study which investigates the development of novelty-based cognitive processes in the context of unstructured music-making activities in early childhood. We used principles of intuitive theories of emergence, the paradigm of overlapping waves of mechanisms of change and theories of music cognitive development to theoretically conceptualize the developmental process in the specific context. We applied the methodological principles of micro-genetic analysis for the development of an annotation scheme of micro-behaviors, which correspond to a set of cognitive processes. We took into consideration child's behavioral manifestations of music-induced affective engagement, as an indicator of intrinsic motivation. Our results suggest that the process of transition from spontaneous towards deliberate actions develops through exploratory actions, evaluation of the outcomes, reasoning and planning. The structure of these actions appears in the form of dynamic overlapping waves rather than in a linear or iterative manner. Additionally, our results indicate that children in early years make use of the affordances of the provided tools to scaffold their transition from concrete visual representation of sonic features towards abstract musical thinking, which suggests that musical development appears with the generative tension between action and symbol. Implications and future work are discussed regarding the development of intelligent robotic systems for user adaptive scaffolding of the observed mechanisms of change.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 Joint IEEE 8th International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-6110-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-6111-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventJoint 8th IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics, ICDL-EpiRob 2018 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 16 Sep 201820 Sep 2018


ConferenceJoint 8th IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics, ICDL-EpiRob 2018

    Research areas

  • Biological systems, Development, Intelligence, Learning

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