Márcia Maçãs, Rodrigo Ventura, Luis Custódio, and Carlos Pinto-Ferreira, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
The role of emotions in intelligent behaviour has often been discussed: are emotions an essential part of the human intelligence machinery? Recent research on the neurophysiology of human emotions suggests that human decision-making efficiency depends deeply on the emotions mechanism. In particular. Antonio Damisio has proposed that alternative courses of action in a decision-making problem are emotionally (somatic) marked as good or bad and only the positive ones are considered lor further reasoning and decision purposes. In this paper an emotion-based agent architecture supported on the Damisiosomatic marker hypothesis is presented.