Current debates regarding the possible cognitive implications of ideas from adaptive behavior research and dynamical systems theory would benefit greatly from a careful study of simple model agents that exhibit minimally cognitive behavior. This paper sketches one such agent, and presents the results of preliminary experiments on the evolution of dynamical neural networks for visually-guided orientation, object discrimination and accurate pointing with a simple manipulator to objects appearing in its field of view.
Beer, R.D. (1996). Toward the evolution of dynamical neural networks for minimally cognitive behavior. In P. Maes, M. Mataric, J. Meyer, J. Pollack and S. Wilson (Eds.), From animals to animats 4: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (pp. 421-429). MIT Press.